States Look Beyond Reinsurance to Protect Individual Markets

Reinsurance programs can help lower premiums in the individual insurance market, but they’re not enough by themselves — states will need to experiment with broader measures to impact underlying health care costs, particularly for unsubsidized individual market enrollees, a report from The Commonwealth Fund concludes.

However, such programs could be a tough sell as states tighten their budgets because of the COVID-19 pandemic, says study author Justin Giovannelli, an associate research professor and project director at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms.

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