Omaha takes top spot for affordable health care in the U.S.

OMAHA, Neb. — Castlight Health named Omaha as the No. 1 city in the country where health care is the most affordable.

The enterprise health care management company looked at cities around the country to find the most and least affordable places for health care. The U.S. Healthcare Affordability Index examines the correlations between annual wage and healthcare cost changes year-over-year from 2013 to 2014 in 35 U.S. cities and metro regions.

While many cities experienced health care costs that exceeded wage increases, Omaha came out on top with a score of 60.7. Castlight reported any score over 50 indicated more affordable health care costs.

“The U.S. Healthcare Affordability Index indicates that the national outlook for healthcare affordability is poor in the majority of major cities and surrounding metro areas, and is proof that the status quo is simply not sustainable,” said Jennifer Schneider, chief medical officer at Castlight Health. “The affordability of healthcare is not a regional, isolated, or rural vs. urban issue, it’s a national crisis, and this Index is a unique way of looking at the growing problem for individuals and employers alike.”

Source: Castlight Health

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