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Florida: One of the Priciest States for Health Care 

The Forbes Advisor team analyzed 11 key metrics using data from the Kaiser Family Foundation 

Kaiser found that Florida ranks No. 4 among the most expensive states for health care.

Findings for the Top Five States:

  1. South Dakota: The Mount Rushmore State ranked ninth highest for health care costs per person ($11,736) and had the third highest increase in health care spending per person over a five-year period (24.38%).
  2. Louisiana: Pelican State residents with employer-provided health insurance pay some of the highest premiums in the nation. The average single employee pays $1,740 per year (the sixth highest amount in the nation), employees with plus one coverage pay $4,685 (the highest amount), and employees with a family plan pay $6,999.67 annually (the second highest amount).
  3. West Virginia: West Virginians with individual health insurance from the Affordable Care Act marketplace pay the fourth highest annual premiums in the nation ($8,024). Additionally, the Mountain State ranked seventh highest for overall health care spending per person ($12,019).
  4. Florida: Floridians with employer-provided family health coverage pay the highest annual premium in the nation ($7,079.33), and Florida residents were fifth most likely to report that they did not see a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost (14.87%).
  5. Wyoming: Adults in the Equality State were most likely in the nation to report an unmet need for mental health treatment due to cost and those with an individual health insurance plan from the Affordable Care Act marketplace pay the highest annual premium in the nation ($9,620).

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.