ACA Plans Deny 18% of Claims in 2020; Enrollees Rarely Appeal
About 18.3% of in-network claims were denied by non-group qualified health plans (QHPs) offered on HealthCare.gov in 2020, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation analysis. Among the 144 issuers in HealthCare.gov states with complete data on claims received and denied, 52 of them had a denial rate between 10% and 19%. In 2020, the majority of denials (72%) were classified as “all other reasons,” while one in five of the roughly 765,000 medical necessity denials involved behavioral health services. In addition, of the more than 42 million denied claims in 2020, marketplace enrollees appealed fewer than 61,000 claims — a 0.1% appeal rate — and insurers upheld 63% of denials that were appealed.