NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Open enrollment is fast approaching and many Americans are looking to make some changes to their health insurance policies. Although a large portion cites the pandemic as the main factor, others are looking at costs. 

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According to ValuePenguin's most recent survey, almost half of Americans are expecting to see higher health insurance premiums in 2022. 

Key findings:

  • 45% of insured Americans are considering changes to their health insurance during open enrollment, namely switching the plan provider or type. Those with marketplace plans are most often looking to make a change. The coronavirus pandemic is the main reason consumers are changing their health insurance, followed by changing health needs and dissatisfaction with their provider.
  • As nearly half of Americans (46%) expect higher health insurance premiums in 2022, some struggle to afford health care costs. 4 in 10 insured Americans say their out-of-pocket health care costs were too high in the last year, and nearly 1 in 5 say they can't afford their deductible.
  • 45% of insured Americans believe those who aren't vaccinated for COVID-19 should pay higher health insurance premiums than those who are vaccinated. This sentiment is highest among baby boomers (ages 56 to 75) at 53%.
  • Premium costs are the most important factor Americans consider when selecting a health insurance plan, at 24%. Services covered (20%) and deductibles (14%) are other decision drivers.
  • 24% of Americans have made a mistake during open enrollment before. The most common errors shoppers committed were not fully exploring their options (28%) and missing the deadline for open enrollment (26%). About one-third of Gen Zers (ages 18 to 24) and millennials (ages 25 to 40) made mistakes during open enrollment.

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