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Cheap Health Insurance Available to Many Young Adults

Report lists America's 10 most inexpensive cities for coverage

FRIDAY, July 8, 2005 (HealthDay News) -- For the cost of a latte a day, many of America's 10 million uninsured young adults could afford individual health insurance in most of the 50 largest U.S. cities, according to a new national report.

The Most Affordable Cities for Individuals to Buy Health Insurance report was released by online insurance source eHealthInsurance. The report lists the cities with the most affordable health insurance options for single 30-year-olds.

"It's important that young and uninsured people realize that their health, as well as their financial future, are at stake. We created this report to raise awareness with young people that there are affordable solutions available in most of the country so they can make an informed choice about their fiscal and physical health," Gary Lauer, CEO of eHealthInsurance, said in a prepared statement.

The report cited Long Beach, Calif., as the city with the most affordable health insurance for single young adults. In that city, the cost of about 17 average-sized lattes (at $3.10 each) would cover the monthly premium for a health insurance plan.

The other cities in the top 10 of most affordable cities were: Sacramento, Calif.; Fresno, Calif.; San Diego, Calif.; Columbus, Ohio; San Jose, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif.; Oakland, Calif.; Mesa, Ariz.; and Tucson, Ariz. Individual plan premiums in these cities ranged from $54 to $58.77 per month.

The most expensive cities included New York and Boston.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about health insurance.

SOURCE: Orange Tree Communications, press release, June 28, 2005
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