A recent study published Monday in Health Affairs says less competition among insurers has led to higher health care premiums under the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces, according to a Washington Examiner report.
The study examined price hikes in 2017 and 2018 on the marketplaces.
“Some experts have speculated that these increases are due to greater enrollment among sicker patients, the expiration of market stabilization policies, or the federal government’s discontinuation of funding for cost-sharing subsidies,” the study states. “However, these factors do not explain why some rating areas have experienced rapid premium growth, while others have experienced more modest increases.”
While the study could be used by Republicans to suggest the health care law is failing, according to the report, Democrats feel they have the opportunity for proposed rates for the 2019 coverage year.
According to the report, the study analyzed states that use healthcare.gov.
To read the full report on the Washington Examiner, click here.