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Subject:  Re: Retirement & the HealthCare Question Date:  6/7/2012  3:31 PM
Author:  intercst Number:  70756 of 76418

TwoCybers writes,

I have not compared rates, but I would expect avoiding states with high obesity rates would move you in the areas of lower premiums. Another thing to look for would be longevity and/or higher average age. It was a long time ago, but Iowa had lower medical costs when I was there - but the winters can be brutal.

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I have compared rates across state lines. At least in the individual health insurance market, the quality of the state insurance commissioner seems to play a big part in what you'll pay. If he or she is a former lobbyist for the insurance industry you'll pay more. If you have a consumer protection bulldog in that spot, you'll pay less.

intercst
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