Implementing the Affordable Care Act: State Approaches to Premium Rate Reforms in the Individual Health Insurance Market

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) protects people from being charged more for insurance based on factors like medical history or gender and establishes new limits on how insurers can adjust premiums for age, tobacco use, and geography. This brief examines how states have implemented these federal reforms in their individual health insurance markets. The authors identify state rating standards for the first year of full implementation of reform and explore critical considerations weighed by policymakers as they determined how to adopt the law’s requirements. Most states took the opportunity to customize at least some aspect of their rating standards.

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Date: Jan 2015
Author: The Commonwealth Fund