Analysts Predict Health Care Marketplace Premiums Will Stabilize For 2019 Coverage

September 3, 2018, NPR, Alison Kodjak- Consumers who buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act markets may be pleasantly surprised this fall as average premiums are forecast to rise much less than in recent years. The price of a 2019 policy sold on the ACA exchanges will increase less than 4 percent, according to an analysis of preliminary filings from insurers in all 50 states by ACASignups.net, a website and blog run by analyst Charles Gaba that tracks ACA enrollment and insurer participation. And those insurers are expanding their offerings. “The news about the marketplace this year is very good, both in terms of the premium increase and extent of carrier participation,” says Katherine Hempstead,a senior policy adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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