Sunday, September 29, 2013

More Pittsburgh and Obamacare

I really don't want to wade too far into the national debate reaching culmination right now, but no matter how that works out, this has to be awfully important when it comes to regional competitiveness in ways I have not fully throught through.

Again just following up on the stories already out there posted yesterday.  Here is the data directly from the Department of Health and Human Services with metropoltian area benchmarking of health care premia under the new Affordable Care Act. I am just struck by how far below the norm Pittsburgh costs are coming in at, near the very lowest among major metro regions across the nation. For a region that wants to attract and retain workers, it has to be a factor for the future.

I will have to defer to HHS to explain (per previous link) all the details on what the difference in plans are, but for the Bronze plans, Pittsburgh has 2nd lowest in this list (not a fully comprehensive list obviously) only higher than McAllen, Texas.  For the Silver and Gold plans, Pittsburgh is cheapest and well below the average.  Per the Kaiser Health System news republished via yesterday, Pittsburgh appears to be not only lower than Philadelphia by large measure, but well below the Pennsylvania average for all three plans. 


Blogger joe said...

I'm most surprised by our keeping company with McAllen there on the low end, given that region's notoriously high cost (Medicare) profile as profiled in 2009 by Atul Gawande. For a whole host of reasons (aging population, hospital-centric practice patterns), our region has never been thought of as particularly low cost, so it's interesting.

Wondering which health plans will be the ones offering the lowest prices for these coverage options, and whether they're able to do it because of certain advantages (real or aspirational in terms of price setting for generally healthy but formerly uncovered 27 yr olds) that come with also operating integrated delivery system(s).

Monday, September 30, 2013 6:05:00 AM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

Pirates in playoffs and no chart???

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 6:03:00 PM  
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