Stabilizing Premiums Under the Affordable Care Act: State Efforts to Reduce Adverse Selection

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This paper explores several strategies states could implement beyond federal requirements, using policy decisions in 11 states—Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Virginia—to illustrate the choices being made to protect against and mitigate the effects of both “rate shock” and adverse selection in the individual market . The findings indicate that study states had mixed approaches to mitigating rate shock and adverse selection, with some taking steps beyond the required federal measures but with other policy options left unexplored. Minimizing the impact of adverse selection—both against the overall insurance market and the exchanges—will require strong monitoring and oversight.

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Date: Dec 2013
Author: Urban Institute and RWJF