TIME Health Care

The Cheapest City for Health Insurance

A patient visits a rheumatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
Ariana Lindquist—Bloomberg/Getty Images A patient visits a rheumatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Minneapolis-St. Paul area wins because of Minnesota's intense competition between hospitals and doctors

Minnesotans are getting the best bargains from the new healthcare law premiums, followed by residents of northwestern Pennsylvania and Tucson, Arizona.

Kaiser Health News and NPR ranked U.S. regions based on the lowest cost of a “silver” plan, a mid-range marketplace health insurance plan level that most Americans opt for. Why is Minnesota consistently ranking high for good premiums? The state’s high-density hospitals and healthcare systems creates more competition between hospitals and doctors, according to Kaiser. Premiums for the top four regions are half that of the most expensive areas in the country.

Here are the top 10 places where you can get a great deal on health care:

$154: Minneapolis-St. Paul

$164: Pittsburgh and Northwestern Pennsylvania

$166: Middle Minnesota

$167: Tucson, Ariz.

$171: Northwestern Minnesota

$173: Salt Lake City

$176: Hawaii

$180: Knoxville, Tenn.

$180: Western and North Central Minnesota.

$181: Chattanooga, Tenn.

[Kaiser Health News]

Tap to read full story

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com


Dear TIME Reader,

As a regular visitor to TIME.com, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The TIME Team