Drivers of 2015 Health Insurance Premium Changes

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The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) 2014 open enrollment period for the individual health insurance market ended on March 31 and health insurers are already developing premium rates for the 2015 plan year. Insurers must submit their 2015 premiums to state and federal regulators this spring, with final approval decisions by the fall. Open enrollment for 2015 will begin November 15. This brief outlines factors underlying premium rate setting generally and then highlights the major drivers behind why 2015 premiums could differ from those in 2014. It focuses on the individual market, but considerations for the small group market are similar.

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Date: May 2014
Author: American Academy of Actuaries