A new poll shows that Americans are increasingly concerned about their own insurance premiums, and the top five companies are also the most trusted to provide it.
The survey of more than 8,000 Americans was conducted by a company called InsureUs, and it’s the most extensive survey to date of consumer sentiment on the Affordable Care Act.
Insurance companies are getting a lot of heat for their decision not to cover the new law’s individual mandate, but in the past, they’ve consistently done pretty well in the survey.
The average premium in the first three years of the law was just $2,097, while in the fourth year, it was $7,636.
This year, that average is $11,737.
This means that the average premium on an average-sized plan is about $17,000 more than the average price for a comparable plan in 2013, and that’s assuming the insurance company’s plans are also affordable.
InsureUs surveyed its members in a poll from the end of January, and found that while there were some differences between the three years the survey was taken, there was not a big enough difference between the first two years to show any significant premium increases for the companies that took the survey in 2013.
For example, the average increase was $3,079 for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee, $2 of which was from the mandate.
The second-biggest premium increase came from Aetna, which had a $9,521 average increase, which is actually less than the $20,966 average increase that it had in 2013 and more than half the increase that Blue Cross had in 2014.
Insureus found that its members were generally satisfied with the insurance they received.
They were more likely to report that they were happy with the coverage they received than were dissatisfied with the plans they received, and they were more apt to say that their insurance company was a good choice than were those dissatisfied with Blue Cross.
In addition, most of the survey respondents were very satisfied with their health care coverage, and in most cases, they were satisfied with it on an individual basis.
Insurance is the top concern for most Americans, and there are some notable differences in the poll between the top 5 companies.
The top five were all major carriers: Aetnea, Blue Cross, Aetn, Humana, and UnitedHealth.
While Aetan’s premium increase was a bit larger than Blue Cross’s, Humans was only slightly lower than Aetahn.
Aeten also had the highest average increase in the third year, $6,000.
The third-highest average premium was for Aetann, which was $11.6 million.
The second-most common reason given by InsureUS members for not buying insurance is that they don’t think it’s a good value.
About one in three respondents said that they think insurance companies are too expensive.
About two in three said they think their plans are too pricey.
The survey was conducted from Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, and all of its responses were weighted by age.
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.