Age rating in vogue

An article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal about the role of “age rating” in healthcare reform is just the latest to examine what’s been described as an “arcane” issue by some in the press. The fact of the general media taking notice is quite a departure for a topic that has in the past largely generated discussion only in insurance and academic circles (and sometimes outside of healthcare).

But with healthcare reform shining light on so many different topics, age rating is a big story from coast to coast. We have blogged about age rating before and how it contributes to healthcare cost and complexity.

The Kaiser Family Foundation offers an online calculator that looks at how age rating and other reforms under various scenarios might affect premiums. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Urban Institute have also collaborated on a study. And we have weighed in before on the topic of young invincibles.