How Much Does Health Insurance Cost Per Month?
How Much Is Health Insurance per Month for One Person?
Monthly premiums for Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace plans vary by state and can be reduced by subsidies. The average national monthly health insurance cost for one person on an Affordable Care Act (ACA) plan without subsidies in 2022 is $438.
Wondering how insurance premiums are decided? The Affordable Care Act ensures that insurance companies cannot discriminate based on gender, current health status, or medical history. Here are factors that determine health insurance premiums.
While some states, specifically New York and Vermont, do not use age when determining health insurance premiums, this is a major contributing factor for most states.
The age of 21 is used as the base age, with premium costs being adjusted upwards for those in their thirties, forties, fifties, and sixties. Around age 53, the premium rate becomes more than double the base rate.
Tobacco use will affect how much health insurance costs you per month. In fact, health insurance companies can charge smokers up to 50% more than non-tobacco users. While some states have elected not to allow insurance carriers to charge smokers the maximum allowed, tobacco use does still affect pricing.
Location affects the price of the premiums, too, mostly due to the amount of (or lack of) competition in a particular area or region. While competition can be intense in populated areas, rural parts of the country may only have one or two insurance companies, making pricing higher for these residents.
Finally, your choice of plan will also influence the average health insurance cost per month. Plans are broken down by metal tiers: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Catastrophic. Each carries different premiums based on what percentage of overall healthcare costs they cover. Premiums are also affected by the plan’s deductibles, copays, coinsurance, and number of family members on the plan.
How Much Does Health Insurance Cost per Month in Each State?
The national average health insurance premium for a benchmark plan in 2022 is $438, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. A benchmark plan is the average premium for each state’s second lowest cost silver plan.
The following data reflects the national average, and each state’s average, but does not include any reduction in cost from subsidies. Rates will vary by area.
Average Monthly Health Insurance Premiums for Benchmark Plans by State Without a Subsidy
|District of Columbia||$415||$387||-7%|
|Source: Kaiser Family Foundation Marketplace Average Benchmark Premiums.|
How Much Does Health Insurance Cost per Month in Each State With a Subsidy?
The estimated national average cost in 2022 for a silver plan after a premium subsidy* is applied is $66.72. This chart, unlike the previous one, takes into account subsidies. Here, you can find the average monthly premium with subsidies, for a benchmark silver plan in a select city within your state.
Monthly Health Insurance Rates by State With a Premium Subsidy
(40-year-old making $30,0000 per year)
|State||Major County||After Subsidy in 2021||After Subsidy in 2022|