Source: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
An analysis from the Associated Press (AP) and consulting firm Avalere Health found that Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace premiums seem to be stabilizing after two years of significant increases (Source: “AP Exclusive: Modest Premium Hikes as ‘Obamacare’ Stabilizes,” Associated Press, September 7, 2018).
The average increase in proposed or approved premiums across 47 states and Washington, D.C., for next year is 3.6%, according to the analysis of available state data. This year, the average increase nationally was about 30%.
The analysis also found a reversal in the trend of insurers leaving ACA marketplaces, with more consumer choices for 2019. Nineteen states will either see new insurers enter the market or current ones expand into more areas. There are no bare counties lacking a willing insurer.