To provide consumers with plans that have lower cost-sharing, policymakers and marketplace officials should consider establishing “standardized plans.” These are plan designs that all insurers are required to sell that have standardized cost-sharing for covered health services.
The Affordable Care Act did a lot to help uninsured consumers get health coverage, but it did not entirely resolve the very real problems with insurance affordability for low- and moderate-income consumers. These consumers often struggle to meet other living costs and, even once they have health insurance, may not be able to get the health care they need because they have trouble paying for costs associated with their premiums, office visits, and other types of health care.
Open enrollment for the health insurance marketplace begins this November. As a result, health insurers are filing their proposed health insurance premium rates for 2015. To examine how rates may change for consumers buying policies in 2015, we reviewed filings and news reports from 12 states where proposed rates have received media attention. For each state, we looked at overall proposed premium rate changes, which are an average for each insurer. A consumer’s actual premium increase or decrease may be higher or lower than the average depending on age, location, and plan choice.
Evaluating the Consumer Window-Shopping Experience in Health Insurance Marketplace Websites: A Comparative Analysis
Find out which elements make websites consumer-friendly when shopping for health insurance in the marketplace.
Comparing Consumers’ Window-Shopping Experiences in Health Insurance Marketplace Websites: An Analysis
This graphic was produced as part of a report that analyzes how effectively all 16 state-run health insurance marketplace websites (including D.C.) and the federal healthcare.og site allow consumers to gather basic information about different health plans before having to enter personal information and create an account to apply for a specific plan.