Realizing Health Reform’s Potential: What States Are Doing to Simplify Health Plan Choice in the Insurance Marketplaces

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The new health insurance marketplaces aim to improve consumers’ purchasing experiences by setting uniform coverage levels for health plans and giving them tools to explore their options. Marketplace administrators may choose to limit the number and type of plans offered to further simplify consumer decision-making. This issue brief examines the policies set by some state-based marketplaces to simplify plan choices: adopting a meaningful difference standard, limiting the number of plans or benefit designs insurers may offer, or requiring standardized benefit designs.

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Date: Jan 2014
Author: The Commonwealth Fund