Analysis Finds Competition Varies Widely in Federal Exchange, Could Compromise Affordability
Some counties in the 34 states that rely on the federally run health insurance exchange have nearly 30 times the number of available coverage plans as other areas, according to a USA Today analysis. The discrepancies result from insurers' hesitancy to move into areas where they have not already established a market presence. The analysis suggests that some regions might lack the competition necessary to keep coverage affordable.
- "For Some Areas, Insurance Plan Choices Are Paltry" (O'Donnell/Overberg, USA Today, 11/12).