Here’s how much health insurance costs if you retire early

Major insurers are still waiving fees for Covid-19 telehealth visits

Many major health insurance carriers have waived cost-sharing fees for telehealth visits related to Covid-19, but these waivers soon end for some plans.

Health insurance is a large budget item for many Americans. 

The average health insurance plan costs nearly $5,500 per year for an individual and close to $14,000 for a family, according to a 2020 study by eHealth.

Those totals vary based on factors like your age, where you live and whether or not you receive employer or government subsidies. 

And if you are among the 49% of Americans who receive health insurance through your job, there is a good chance your health insurance will get much more expensive. Especially if you retire before becoming eligible for Medicare at age 65. 

The millions of people with nongroup insurance, however, may become eligible for subsidies if their income drops enough in retirement. 

Some Medicare beneficiaries who catch Covid-19 may face huge bills for care

For Medicare’s 62.7 million beneficiaries — the majority of whom are age 65 or older — the cost of Covid-19 treatment would depend partly on the specifics of their coverage.

Check out this video to hear from people who retired early and to learn how much you can expect to pay for insurance if you retire early. 

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