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Competition in Obamacare Exchanges at the County Level

Created on December 18, 2014

Competition in Obamacare Exchanges at the County Level

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Read the original report, "Measuring Choice and Competition in the Exchanges: Still Worse than Before the ACA," by Alyene Senger.

One-third of U.S. counties have only one or two insurance carriers in the Obamacare exchanges. For 89 percent of U.S counties, there are five or fewer insurers offering coverage on the exchanges.

Source: Data compiled by the author. Data for 37 federally facilitated or federally supported exchanges are from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “2015 Health Plan Information for Individuals and Families,” https://www.healthcare.gov/health-plan-information-2015/ (accessed December, 4, 2014). Data for 13 state-based exchanges are from either the state’s exchange website or its insurance department. Information regarding insurer participation in Hawaii was unavailable and assumed to be the same as the previous year, 2014. All data are presented at the parent company level. See Appendix Table 3 for county-by-county figures.

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Tags: Obamacare, exchange, competition, ACA, Affordable-Care-Act