Average Premiums to Drop by 1.5% on ACA Exchanges in 2019

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The federal exchange covers about 9 million people in 39 states. The drop-which is in double digits in some states-is the first of its kind since the health care law was implemented in 2010, reports Governing. "The overwhelming reason average benchmark premiums are coming down in 2019 is because premiums went up by so much in 2018", said Larry Levitt, senior vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health-policy organization. The leveling-off comes two years after a huge spike in insurance premiums Arizona: Rates in 2017 jumped by 117 percent, a number Trump touted regularly to decry the ACA.

But Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma said premiums are declining overall for the first time since the marketplaces opened in 2014 because of steps the current administration took to stabilize the market.

"Despite predictions that our actions would increase rates and destabilize the markets, the opposite has happened", Verma said.

Tennessee will see the sharpest premium decline, as average monthly premiums for silver plans fell more than 26%, from more than $600 past year to $449. The federal figures show a wide variation from state to state, with the average rates for the popular level of coverage dropping next year by 26 percent in Tennessee, while increasing by 20 percent in North Dakota.

CMS released the figures ahead of the open enrollment season that begins November 1 and will last until December 15 in most states, though places that command their own Obamacare website may give customers more time. For example, CMS has approved waivers in seven states - Wisconsin, Oregon, Alaska, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, and Minnesota - allowing them to establish their own reinsurance programs for health insurers.

Cox said some efforts by the Trump administration have made the marketplace more attractive to insurers, such as cutting in half the open-enrollment period and approving some states' reinsurance plans.

"Our worry is that the Affordable Care Act continues to be unsustainable over time because it was created to be unsustainable over time, from the very beginning", the Texas Republican said recently. Many are breaking even or have started making a profit in the individual market, despite changes to the Obamacare system since President Donald Trump took office. Reinsurance plans help insurers pay for the biggest claims or the sickest patients, helping them bring down rates for their other customers.

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But some policies go further and cover some medicines or a certain number of primary care visits before you've paid the entire deductible.

In an interview with Fox News late Wednesday, Trump said that despite failed efforts to repeal and replace the Obamacare system past year, "we have things happening on health care that are going to be very, very exciting". "If we are going to truly offer affordable, high-quality healthcare, ultimately the law needs to change", she said. But the marketplace price hikes have become a political lightning rod - bolstering the arguments from Trump and congressional Republicans to repeal the health law.

This is a national average, and some states are projected to still see their premiums increase.

Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady said the lower premiums are "encouraging", but that the law is set up to fail over time.

"Absent any policy changes, it is likely that insurers would generally have required only modest premium increases in 2018 and in 2019", researchers at the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation recently wrote. The highest cost is $709 in Wyoming.

Consumers will get less assistance this fall in shopping for exchange plans. "I've gotten at least a call a day from some health care enrollment center that sounds like it might be part of the exchanges but is not", Fish-Parcham said. The Trump administration cut millions of dollars in funding to the program that pays groups to work with people needing help selecting coverage.

"While some have publicly been accusing us of sabotage, the reality is we have been working hard to mitigate damage caused by Obamacare", she said.

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