State-Run Marketplaces May Continue to Pop Up

More States May Run Their Own Obamacare Marketplaces
– Bloomberg Law: Health Law & Business

Manatt Health managing directors Joel Ario and Chiquita Brooks-LaSure and senior managing director Patricia Boozang were interviewed by Bloomberg Law: Health Law & Business for an article on state-run marketplaces.

The publication noted that states see the potential for lower costs for health insurers and an opportunity for greater control as they consider operating their own marketplaces.

Brooks-LaSure analyzed costs and noted that the federal Healthcare.gov exchange charges insurers 3.5 percent of premiums to sell plans on the marketplace, leading some states to believe they could run their own marketplaces for less.

Boozang examined the stability of the market, noting that some states have seen the current administration’s changes as destabilizing or undermining their markets.

Looking forward, Ario reviewed the circumstances and reasons more states might want to create their own marketplaces and what can be expected for the future.