Expert: Despite Study, Pandemic Adverse Selection Unlikely

An Aug. 20 study published in the journal Health Affairs found that costs for individual exchange plan members who enroll during special enrollment periods (SEPs) are higher than costs for members who enroll during open enrollment.

However, one expert says that the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic mean that adverse selection in SEPs meant to address the crisis is not as risky as in a normal SEP.

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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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