The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces rely on robust competition to control costs and to provide consumer choice. But the decisions of several large insurers to scale back their 2017 marketplace participation, and the failure of many health insurance co-ops will leave marketplace shoppers in many states with fewer choices than they had in 2016. Furthermore, those insurers remaining in the exchanges have often found their marketplace customers to be less healthy than they projected, and they are raising premiums in response. Our briefing focuses on these trends, what they mean for the long-term viability of the marketplaces, and what public policy steps can be taken to bring more healthy people into the risk pool and to encourage insurer participation in the individual market.
Sabrina Corlette, senior research professor, Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms
Elizabeth Hall, the vice president of federal affairs and director of the Washington office, Anthem, Inc.
Chris Holt, director of health care policy, American Action Forum
Peter Lee, executive director, Covered California
Marilyn Serafini of the Alliance for Health Reform will moderate the discussion.
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The Alliance for Health Reform gratefully acknowledges the support of Ascension for this event.
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