More insurers to offer health exchange insurance plans

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced that the number of insurers participating in the marketplaces this fall will increase 25 percent. That's a net increase of 63 insurers in 43 states plus Washington, D.C.

The New York Times: Under Affordable Care Act, 25 Percent Increase In Health Insurers Is Predicted
Consumers in much of the country will have a broader selection of health insurance plans next year, the Obama administration said Tuesday, as it predicted an increase of about 25 percent in the number of insurers that are expected to compete in federal and state marketplaces (Pear, 9/23).

Kaiser Health News: Number Of Marketplace Insurers To Rise 25 Percent, HHS Says
The number of health insurance companies offering plans in the marketplaces this fall will increase by 25 percent, giving consumers more choices for coverage, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced Tuesday (Carey, 9/23).

The Associated Press: More Insurers To Offer Health Law Plans Next Year
The Obama administration says consumers in most states will have more insurance options next year under the president's health care law. The Health and Human Services department on Tuesday reported a net increase of 63 insurers joining the market in 43 states plus Washington, DC. The preliminary figures show 77 insurers entering for the first time, while 14 are dropping out (9/23).

The Wall Street Journal: U.S. States To Get More Insurers Under Affordable Care Act
Most states will have at least one more insurer selling health plans under the Affordable Care Act in the second year of the program's full implementation, the Obama administration said. Some 33 states out of 43 where insurers have filed their intentions for the coming enrollment season are set to have a net increase in plans on offer through the law's online exchanges, including two states that only had one insurer for 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services said (Radnofsky, 9/23).

Politico: Insurers' Bigger Role Suggests Confidence In Obamacare
The insurance industry believes Obamacare is here to stay no matter who wins control of the Senate this fall. A lot more insurers plan on taking part in Obamacare next year -; a 25 percent increase, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced Tuesday. She called it a sign that the administration is "making historic progress" in covering the uninsured (Haberkorn and Norman, 9/23).

McClatchy: Consumers Will See More Marketplace Insurance Offerings In At Least 44 States
Most consumers seeking marketplace health insurance will find a wider selection of plans next year, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services. In a speech at the Brookings Institution on Tuesday, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said there'll be 25 percent more insurers offering coverage in 44 states served by the federal and state-based marketplaces (Pugh, 9/23)..

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.orgThis article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.


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