In 73 Percent of Counties, Healthcare.Gov Enrollees Could Lower Their Silver Plan Premiums by Comparison Shopping

A new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that in 73 percent of counties served by Healthcare.gov, people enrolled in the lowest-cost silver plan this year could save money on premiums by switching to a different silver plan in 2016. In these counties, the silver plan with the lowest premiums in 2015 is no longer the lowest-cost plan in 2016, according to the analysis.

If they stay in their current plan, Healthcare.gov enrollees who purchased the lowest-cost silver plan in 2015 would have an average premium increase of 15 percent, the analysis finds. The lowest-cost silver plan is the most popular selection in the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.

Over the course of a year, a 40-year-old switching to the lowest-cost silver plan in 2016 could save an average of $322 in premiums, the analysis finds. The average premium savings could be more than $500 per year in 16 percent of counties.

Potential Savings from Actively Shopping for Marketplace Coverage in 2016 is available at kff.org.

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