Premiums Higher for People With Individual Coverage
CBS' "Evening News" this week featured a two-part series on barriers to coverage in the individual health insurance market.
A CBS News investigation found that consumers purchasing individual health insurance policies often face higher costs and more frequently denied claims than patients who receive health insurance through their employers.
In the first report in the series, "Evening News" reported on the "new uninsurables" -- patients who are in relatively good health but are denied individual health insurance policies because of conditions such as asthma, allergies or pregnancy (Keteyian, "Evening News," CBS, 5/23).
The second report in the series examined how some patients with individual health insurance policies face large, unexpected medical bills after their claims are denied (Keteyian, "Evening News," CBS, 5/24).