The Commonwealth Fund Finds that Middle-income Americans are Paying More for Health Insurance
Cost and price variations between areas aren't anything new. A recent Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement found healthcare usage and pricing drive variation between states' total healthcare costs. The report also found vast differences in costs between five states studied.
Overall, national health spending has slowed in recent years. The CMS Office of the Actuary reported this month that national health spending grew 3.9% ($10,739 per person) in 2017. It was the second consecutive year of slower healthcare spending growth. The slower cost growth is connected to fewer people receiving care.
The Commonwealth Fund found large differences between states...