California Exchange Insurers File Record-Low Rate Requests for 2021

In its initial release of requested rate increases from insurers, Covered California, the state’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange, announced a state record-low average rate increase of 0.6% for the individual market. In an Aug. 4 conference call with reporters, Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee also touted expanding payer competition on the exchange and growing enrollment.

The year’s marginal rate increase follows a similarly low increase of 0.8% for 2020, and comes in spite of the state’s many worsening COVID-19 outbreaks. California officials have positioned expanding health coverage as a critical part of the state’s response to the pandemic.

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Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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