By Javier Sanabria
There has been a lot of talk about whether healthcare premiums are going to increase or not under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). With that in mind we’ve put together a list of articles and studies that should help increase awareness of how health reform may affect premium rates.
• KearneyHub.com – Will next year’s insurance premiums go up or down?
Many individuals are interested to know if health exchange premiums are going to increase or decrease in 2015. This article quotes Milliman’s Jim O’Connor discussing how 2014 rates will influence next year’s rates. The article also points out certain variables that may increase rates.
• Columbia Journal Review – What’s health insurance really going to cost?
CJR reporter Trudy Lieberman identifies seven tips to help individuals understand factors that will contribute to the setting of health exchange rates in 2015.
• Wall Street Journal – Health Plans Rush to Size Up New Clients (subscription required)
This Wall Street Journal article provides perspective on how insurers are gathering data from health plan enrollees to help set future premiums. The article quotes Milliman’s Tom Snook:
“In the past, the whole game was about risk selection,” said Tom Snook, an actuary with Milliman Inc. who works with insurers offering plans on public exchanges. “Now the game’s all about risk management.”
• Columbia Journalism Review – Untangling Obamacare: Rate shock
This article considers several issues of interest to the public related to “rate shock” and the affordability of premiums.
• Columbia Journalism Review – Untangling Obamacare: What’s behind the rate increases?
The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) aims to help individuals understand factors that are affecting how health coverage is priced.