More Pittsburgh and Obamacare
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 Philly.com yesterday, Pittsburgh appears to be not only lower than Philadelphia by large measure, but well below the Pennsylvania average for all three plans.