If you’re considering taking a medication for heart disease, the options are limited.
But the latest trend is a form of insurance.
The rise in heart insurance policies has coincided with an increase in the number of people who have taken out the policy to treat a heart condition.
In 2016, there were 1.7 million people with insurance policies covering treatment for heart problems.
By 2020, that number had risen to 2.1 million, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The trend is not unprecedented.
Insurance companies are often hesitant to cover treatments for conditions that are not life-threatening, like heart attacks or strokes, as there is not a clear benefit to doing so.
In a 2015 survey, the American Medical Association estimated that as many as 3 million people have insurance coverage for heart attacks and strokes, and some people think that is a high enough number to justify an insurance policy for heart failure.
“We are really in a period of major change in the health care industry,” said Dan Kelleher, chief medical officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, which operates about 1.4 million members.
“We see more and more people who are having insurance coverage.
The more people have it, the more people are going to be on it.”
Some people who would rather take out a policy to get heart health treatment are willing to pay a premium, but they have to do so for a specific condition.
“I don’t think people are comfortable doing that,” Kellehe said.
“It’s a little bit like a lottery.”
Insurers are also shifting away from giving out insurance for chronic illnesses.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurance companies to cover life-ending illnesses like cancer, but the rate at which companies cover those illnesses has dropped.
That has prompted some companies to offer coverage for conditions like heart failure and diabetes that were not covered before.
For example, the U.S. health insurance industry will cover treatments like pulmonary embolism for people who cannot get lung function back on their own, Kellehee said.
In contrast, people with diabetes who do not have the ability to make their own insulin or blood glucose will not get coverage.
Kellehe also said that more people in his insurance pool are being treated for a condition that is not life threatening.
In the past, that would include a stroke or heart attack.
“There’s always been a perception that people who had the most serious conditions were going to get insurance, so it’s kind of been a big shift,” Keltner said.
Some people are taking advantage of the change by taking out policies with coverage for the disease.
They also have a higher-than-usual number of health insurance premiums.
The Kaiser Family Foundations study found that in 2020, those with employer-based insurance had a $2,769 premium for the same condition.
Those with family-based coverage had a premium of $3,738.
In some cases, the premium was double the average.
For many people, the extra money is not as much as they would have gotten if they had to pay more out of pocket.
“For people that can’t afford it, you could have a much higher deductible,” said Kim Latham, senior vice president of healthcare research at consulting firm HealthPartners.
“The fact is, if you’re in the top 5 percent of the population, you’re probably going to need to pay $1,000 to $2 (per month) out of your pocket.”
If you do have to pay that amount, you might get a lower-cost policy with a lower deductible, said Dr. Charles T. Gorman, a cardiologist and director of cardiac care at the University of California San Francisco.
“You might be able to get coverage for more of the cost of the hospital, and it’s still much better than you would have been paying,” he said.