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State Marketplace Profiles: California

Final update made on November 26, 2013 (no further updates will be made) Establishing the Marketplace On September 30, 2010, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed into law two complementary bills, AB 1602 and SB 900, to establish the California Health Benefit Exchange. California was the first state in the…

State Exchange Profiles: North Carolina

Final update made on February 12, 2013 (no further updates will be made)  Establishing the Exchange On November 15, 2012, Governor Beverly Perdue (D) declared the state’s intent to establish a state-federal partnership health insurance exchange.1 However, on February 12, 2013, newly-elected Governor Pat McCrory (R) issued a statement indicating that…

State Exchange Profiles: Wyoming

Final update made on December 11, 2012 (no further updates will be made)  Establishing the Exchange On November 14, 2012, Governor Matt Mead (R) acknowledged Wyoming would default to a federally-operated health insurance exchange for 2014, with the possibility of moving to a state-run exchange in the future.1 Governor Mead…

State Marketplace Profiles: Nevada

Final update made on September 26, 2013 (no further updates will be made ) Establishing the Marketplace On June 16, 2011, Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval (R) signed SB 440 into law establishing the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange.1 In March 2013, the state announced that the online marketplace would be…

State Marketplace Profiles: Washington

Final update made on November 22, 2013 (no further updates will be made) Establishing the Marketplace On May 11, 2011, Governor Christine Gregoire (D) signed SB 5445 into law establishing the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (HBE).1 Additional legislation signed by the Governor in March 2012, removed limitations on the Board’s…

State Marketplace Profiles: Maryland

Final update made on November 13, 2013 (no further updates will be made)  Establishing the Marketplace On April 12, 2011, Governor Martin O’Malley (D) signed SB 182/HB 166 into law establishing the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MBHE).1  In May of the following year, Governor O’Malley signed additional Marketplace legislation…

State Exchange Profiles: Pennsylvania

Final update made on December 12, 2012 (no further updates will be made) Establishing the Exchange On December 12, 2012, Governor Tom Corbett (R) notified federal officials that Pennsylvania would default to a federally-facilitated health insurance exchange.1 Prior to the announcement, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department had taken the lead with…

State Exchange Profiles: North Dakota

Final update made on December 11, 2012 (no further updates will be made) Establishing the Exchange In November 2012, Governor Jack Dalrymple (R) announced that North Dakota was not planning a state exchange.1 In the previous year, North Dakota had explored the possibility of a state-based exchange, spurred in part by…

Sizing Up Exchange Market Competition

This issue brief offers an early look into how competitive the health insurance exchanges (also called marketplaces) are under the Affordable Care Act in selected states. Through analysis of enrollment data released by seven states (California, Connecticut, Minnesota, New York, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Washington) this brief finds that exchange markets in California and New York are shaping up to be more competitive than their individual markets were in 2012 while those of Connecticut and Washington show less competition (less even market share distribution). In several states, market concentration of individual insurers have shifted significantly compared to the individual market prior to the ACA, pointing to the potential for greater price competition in the future and the influence of new entrants to the market.

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