COVID Impact, Rate Hikes in Exchanges Could Be Modest

Now that actuaries have more information about how COVID-19 affects health care spending, individual market insurers are more likely to include adjustments in their 2022 rates to account for the pandemic, concludes a new issue brief from the American Academy of Actuaries. However, “those impacts are not expected to be material,” the brief says, perhaps conflicting with the gloomy view of the pandemic’s trajectory that is dominating media reports.

Academy Senior Fellow Cori Uccello explains that while more information is now known about how the pandemic has affected health care spending and utilization since early 2020, “just because COVID may have had a big impact in 2020 and 2021 doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to have a big impact on 2022.”

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Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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