Most Active Stories
- Auto workers petition to block UAW, 2015 red snapper season and Cycling League state championship
- Restraining order against Lear Corp, First Lady at Tuskegee and Tallapoosa County tax vote
- Gambling bill hearing, potential mental health cuts and Alzheimer's research
- Red Snapper Season, Alabama High School Cycling League
- Where Poor Kids Grow Up Makes A Huge Difference
Wed October 30, 2013
Confused About Health Insurance? Take Our Quiz!
Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 9:29 am
Any day now — assuming the government manages to fix HealthCare.gov — millions of people will start shopping for health insurance.
Will those shoppers know what they're doing? More to the point, if you're one of those shoppers, will you know what you're doing?
Here's a quick quiz, courtesy of economists George Loewenstein and Saurabh Bhargava, who study what people know (and what they think they know) about health insurance. The economists have used longer versions of these quizzes in their research.
While the share of people who answered each question correctly varied, the vast majority of people who took the quizzes got at least something wrong.
And this isn't just some academic artifact: Bhargava and Loewenstein are leading an ongoing study of some 50,000 real-world choices that people make when shopping for insurance — and found that 65 percent of the time, people choose plans that are more expensive than other options but don't provide more benefits.