Health Insurance Survey Poughkeepsie NY

A new report from America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) says that health insurance premiums are growing at a reduced rate, despite increased use and higher costs, while health insurance plans' efforts are easing drug cost increases. The study found that premiums rose 8.8% between 2004 and 2005, which is 36% lower than the 13.7% increase in a similar report from 2002.

Local Companies

Integrated Feeling Therapy, Inc.
(845) 255-4143
27 North Chestnut Street
New Paltz, NY
William A. Smith & Son, Inc.
(845) 236-4203
1356 Route 9W
Marlboro, NY
Marshall & Sterling, Inc.
(845) 567-1000
103 Executive Drive, Suite 300
New Windsor, NY
Sobel Orthotics & Shoes
(845) 255-5717
5 Mohonk Ave
New Paltz, NY
Janne Dooley, LCSW
(347) 834-5081
PO Box 621
New Paltz, NY
The Health Connection
(800) 634-2968
P.O. Box 75
Coldspring, NY
Fox Insurance Agency
(845) 691-6600
82 Vineyard Avenue
Highland, NY
Benefit Counseling Associates
(845) 339-1186
106 Main Street
Kingston, NY
The Valley Group, Inc. Hurley Avenue Extension
(845) 331-2255
PO Box 3128
Kingston, NY
Elaine Ramos, LCSW
(845) 255-8014
42 North Chestnut Street
New Paltz, NY

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Source: REMODELING Magazine
Publication date: April 1, 2006

By Nina Patel

A new report from America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) says that health insurance premiums are growing at a reduced rate, despite increased use and higher costs, while health insurance plans' efforts are easing drug cost increases. The study found that premiums rose 8.8% between 2004 and 2005, which is 36% lower than the 13.7% increase in a similar report from 2002. Higher use accounted for 43% of the rise, fueled by factors such as increased consumer demand, new and more intensive medical treatments and defensive medicine, as well as by aging and unhealthy lifestyles. Price increases in excess of inflation accounted for 30% of the rise and were impacted by movement among purchasers to broader-access health plans, provider consolidation, increased labor costs, and higher priced technologies.

Prescription drugs accounted for 16 cents of the premium dollar, and drug spending increased by 8.6%, which is lower than the double-digit jump of recent years. The report credited health insurance plans' prescription benefit tools and techniques with helping to slow drug spending.

The study, titled “The Factors Fueling Rising Healthcare Costs 2006,” was prepared for AHIP by Pricewaterhouse-Coopers.

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