June 9, 2014
And that’s good news. As Jason Millman of The Washington Post writes, increased competition is a sign that health plans are feeling confident about the exchanges. There’s more:
Recent research suggests that more competition in the exchanges could help temper premium increases. Other new analysis shows that exchange plans, on average, are cheaper than individual plans offered outside the insurance marketplaces. And given the narrow networks in exchange plans, more insurers could mean better access to providers.
June 4, 2014
States that expanded Medicaid are seeing enrollment increase faster than states that didn’t, new government data show.
June 2, 2014
There are a lot of questions about the long-term viability of SHOP exchanges. One thing is clear, however. They are off to a slow start, as Jason Millman writes for The Washington Post:
Take the example of California, which signed up 1.4 million people in private individual health plans this past enrollment period. Despite its success in the individual exchange, only about 6,000 people signed up in the small business SHOP exchange as of last month.
May 30, 2014
Univ. of Minnesota economist Stephen Parente thinks that’s exactly what will happen over time, at least according to his modeling of exchange premiums and enrollment data. It’s an interesting read and was covered by Jason Millman for the Washington Post.