Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Will You Marry Me for Health Insurance?

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Seven percent of Americans said that in the past year they or someone in their household decided to tie the knot mainly so one spouse would be eligible for the other’s health coverage.
That astonishing figure came from a survey out today from the Kaiser Family Foundation
Is marrying for health-care convenience the new marrying to get a Green Card?
There are 114 million households in America,according to the Census Bureau.
But the total number of marriages in 2005, the most recent year for which complete national figures are available, is only 2.25 million, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. That puts the total number of people who get hitched — for love, for money, for health insurance, for whatever — at about 4.5 million annually.

“What people are good at reporting is their perception,” she said. “The broad implication is the cost of health care is important enough that benefits are part of peoples’ life decisions.”

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