Rebates for Some Who Buy Own Health Insurance

Almost a third of people who bought their own health insurance last year will get rebates averaging $127 because of a requirement in the federal health care law, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

But the percentage of consumers eligible for rebates varies widely by state, and by insurer within each state, the analysis found. In Texas, for instance, 92 percent of individual insurance customers are expected to get rebates. But no insurers expect to issue rebates in Hawaii.

When averaged by state, the report said, the largest per-person rebates would be paid to individuals in Alaska ($305) and Maryland ($294). But the expected rebates would be just $1 in Vermont and New Mexico — which is so low that under the rules, insurers probably won’t have to issue them.

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Source: The New York Times