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An Early Look at 2021 Premium Changes on ACA Exchanges and the Impact of COVID-19 on Rates

A look at preliminary marketplace rate filings reveals many premium changes for 2021 are moderate thus far, with increases or decreases of a few percentage points. However, most insurers have not yet incorporated the rate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in their rate changes for 2021, so many of these proposed rates are likely to change.

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Individual Insurance Market Performance in Early 2020

Individual market insurers, on average, remained profitable through the first three months of 2020 as claims costs rose only slightly compared to the same period last year. It is likely that the most significant impacts of the coronavirus on the individual market will not be evident nationally until second or third quarter data are released.

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Individual Insurance Market Performance in 2019

New data from 2019 suggest that insurers in the individual market remain profitable, even with average premiums falling for the first time since the ACA was implemented. These data indicate that the individual market appears to be stable in 2019, despite the repeal of the individual mandate penalty and the proliferation of loosely-regulated short-term insurance plans.

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Data Note: 2020 Medical Loss Ratio Rebates

Private insurance companies expect to pay a record of $2.7 billion in rebates to consumers in 2020 due to excessive premiums in recent years – nearly double last year’s then-record total.

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FAQs: Health Insurance Marketplace and the ACA

This list of more than 300 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) covers the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance Marketplace (aka exchange), individual mandate, open enrollment, premiums and more. It provides answers to questions about specific groups, such as young adults, smokers, the uninsured, and non-traditional households.

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Tracking Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers

This interactive map shows the status of all Section 1332 waivers requested by states. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows states to apply for innovation waivers to alter key ACA requirements in the individual and small group insurance markets and can be used to shore up fragile insurance markets, address unique state insurance market issues, or experiment with alternative models of providing coverage to state residents.

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Potential Impact of Texas v. U.S. Decision on Key Provisions of the Affordable Care Act

On December 14, 2018, a federal trial court judge ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate is unconstitutional and that the entire law should be struck down as a result. This brief considers the complex and far-reaching impact were the entire law ultimately held to be invalid.

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Insurer Participation on ACA Marketplaces, 2014-2020

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces opened in 2014, there have been a number of changes in insurance participation as companies entered and exited states and also changed their footprint within states. This brief and interactive maps show how insurance participation has changed over time in every county in the U.S.

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Data Note: Limited Navigator Funding for Federal Marketplace States

This brief reviews the data from CMS about its 2019 funding awards to Navigator programs serving consumers in the federal marketplace states during the 2020 open enrollment season, as well as funding trends over time. It breaks out the funding by state and identifies counties with no federally funded Navigators available to help consumers.

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