“There’s a systemic problem in the student loan market that doesn’t exist in the other asset classes. Students need to get a job that allows them to pay off their debt. The delinquency rate will rise as long as students aren’t graduating with degrees that pay back that cost.” – John Hupalo, Invite Education
This recent Bloomberg Article shows just how bad its gotten. Student Loan Debt has grown 157% since 2008, while mortgage loans total sit at 0% growth. Student Loan debt has the highest 90+ delinquency rate of all forms of household debt, more than 10%. Compare this to 1.1% for mortgages and 4% for autos.
I personally know a woman, accomplished and using her degree, who cannot repay her student loan, which is preventing her from being able to afford a home. This problem is creating a systemic drag on the economy and “crippling demand for other services.” Now, with interest rates rising after ten years, its only going to get worse.
IMHO we need to figure out how to address this issue as a nation…
Two weeks to go before the ObamaCare ACA open Enrollment season begins- Well, its not really a season as it is only 5 weeks long. Don’t miss it!
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, “Average rates for popular health plans sold under the Affordable Care Act will fall 1.5% next year, according to the Trump administration, the first such drop and a sign that the insurance markets are gaining firmer traction despite tumult in the past two years.
The decrease will affect average premiums for the second-cheapest plans in the “silver” tier, a middle-cost option, after years of double-digit increases. In contrast, the average rate for those plans increased by 37% between 2017 and 2018, the administration said.”
However, averages can be misleading. In NY the average increase is about 11%, and in South Carolina its 5%. In Iowa, insurer Medica is lowering rates – but that’s after a 57% increase last year. Tennessee expects a 26% drop, Deleware a 16% increase, with double digits in many other states.
A lot is happening in the Rx Market this year. In case you missed it, Aetna has been purchased by CVS health, which has been approved by the DOJ. As part of this purchase, however, they have to sell Silverscript, the Medicare Rx Program. This is set to happen around the first of the year, to WellCare. In the meantime, Silverscripts prices have gone up and Aetna looks much more competitive, and we expect a lot of changes this year.
Walgreens bought Rite Aid and is in the process of consolidating stores and plans. No word yet on what will happen to Rite Aids’ Envision Rx program, and Walgreens has maintained its deal with AARP.
It is important that Seniors check their prescriptions EVERY year, as this is the time of year when everything changes. It is too late to change in January when you discover your medication is no longer covered!
Nebraska Farm Bureau offers First “Association” Health Plan
Nebraska Farm Bureau is trying to ease the financial stress on producer families already facing low commodity prices, an expiring farm bill, and a trade war that is especially affecting the state’s corn and soybean growers. The group recently announced they will offer the opportunity to join NEFB’s new large group Association Health Plan to members, many of whom are self-employed farmers and ranchers, and are faced with crippling insurance premiums.
Tim Hruby of Hemingford, Neb., serves on the Nebraska Farm Bureau Employee Insurance Consortium for the Northwest District, the group that was created to sponsor and manage the Nebraska Farm Bureau Member Health Plan and to help comply with state and federal laws for large group Association Health Plans. The consortium partnered with Medica to provide the new health insurance option, which is a way to lower health insurance premiums by grouping farmers, ranchers, and certain agribusinesses so they can be a larger, more risk-stabilizing pool.
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