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2021 Premium Changes on ACA Exchanges and the Impact of COVID-19 on Rates

This brief summarizes premium rate filings in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and finds the majority of rate changes for 2021 are moderate, with increases or decrease of a few percentage points. Insurers say the COVID-19 pandemic is putting both upward and downward pressure on health costs in 2021.

Health Insurer Financial Performance Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

The drop in health care utilization during the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to higher gross margins and lower medical loss among many private insurance plans. Findings suggest that health insurers in most markets have become more profitable during the pandemic.

Premiums and Worker Contributions Among Workers Covered by Employer-Sponsored Coverage, 1999-2020

This graphing tool allows users to explore trends in workplace-sponsored health insurance premiums and worker contributions over time for different categories of employers based on results from the annual Employer Health Benefits Survey. Breakouts are available by firm size, region and industry, as well as for firms with relatively few or many part-time workers, higher- or lower-wage workers, and older or younger workers.

2020 Employer Health Benefits Survey

This annual survey of employers provides a detailed look at trends in employer-sponsored health coverage, including premiums, employee contributions, cost-sharing provisions, offer rates, wellness programs, and employer practices. Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $21,342 this year, up 4% from last year, with workers on average paying $5,588 toward the cost of their coverage.

Cost-Sharing Waivers and Premium Relief by Private Plans in Response to COVID-19

A new issue brief estimates the number of enrollees in individual and fully-insured group market plans that have waived cost-sharing – out-of-pocket costs including coinsurance, copayments, and deductibles – for COVID-19 treatment. The analysis also estimates the number of enrollees whose insurer is offering various forms of premium payment relief.…

State Actions to Facilitate Access to Medicaid and CHIP Coverage in Response to COVID-19

This brief summarizes state changes to Medicaid and CHIP eligibility and enrollment policies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, beyond those required to access enhanced federal funding. It is based on KFF analysis of approved Medicaid and CHIP state plan amendments (SPAs) and information on state websites as of May 21, 2020.

A Dozen Facts About Medicare Advantage in 2020

Medicare Advantage enrollment has grown rapidly over the past decade, and Medicare Advantage plans have taken on a larger role in the Medicare program. More than 24 million Medicare beneficiaries (36%) are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2020. This data analysis provides updated information about Medicare Advantage enrollment trends, premiums, and out-of-pocket limits. It also includes analyses of Medicare Advantage plans’ extra benefits and prior authorization requirements. The analysis also highlights changes pertaining to Medicare Advantage coverage that have occurred in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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