Obamacare could ease divorce’s financial sting

It’s been well noted that divorce among the over-50-crowd is on the rise, spreading like crow’s feet even as the overall divorce rate has dipped. Financial headaches related to health care can loom large in later-life divorces, experts say. Yet if the Affordable Care Act works as intended, the law could prove to be a game-changer, by easing the financial burden of health insurance for divorced people who get dropped from their spouses’ plans.

About 115,000 women lose their private health insurance every year in the wake of divorce, according to a study last year out of the University of Michigan, and many don’t regain coverage quickly. Many of these women either don’t have jobs outside the home or work at jobs that don’t provide insurance, and some women with employer-sponsored coverage can no longer afford the premiums. Many former spouses qualify for post-divorce COBRA health benefits under their ex-spouse’s plan, but this coverage is both prohibitively expensive and limited in duration, typically to 36 months, advisers say.

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O’Brien, Elizabeth. (2013). Obamacare could ease divorce’s financial sting. marketwatch.com. Retrieved on November 21, 2013, from http://www.marketwatch.com/story/obamacare-winners-the-recently-divorced-2013-09-25.

Article Writen by: Divorce Without War November 21st, 2013

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