Here is what we know
- As companies and insurers look for additional ways to reduce healthcare costs, they’re increasingly narrowing the networks of doctors and medical providers with whom they offer preferred rates. That means that even if you haven’t changed your insurance plan, your doctor may no longer be “in-network.”
- The typical American family's income is 8 percent lower than it was before the recession hit in 2007. Experts are predicting more increases in health insurance costs next year. Now that health insurance companies have real data on how Americans are using Obamacare, many insurers are seeking premium hikes, which will affect small business owners and their employees.
- Life insurance rates should not be impacted by the 2016 election. Rates keep coming down, which is good news.
- The Supreme Court has upheld subsidies in the Affordable Care Act in a victory for Democratic supporters. All the Republican candidates have vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act while the Democratic candidates plan to keep it.
- Donald Trump opposes cuts to Medicare, and Marco Rubio would make no changes to Medicare for those who are in, or near, retirement currently.
- California has a number of new laws that went into effect in 2016. KQED.org offers a good review of all these laws.
Sources: The Financial times; Washington examiner; The Money Fool & Huffington Post.