Affordable Care Act

How Does Health Insurance Concentration Affect Prices?

May 9, 2016
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The Affordable Care Act marketplaces have led to new research. One study this month looked at the concentration of hospitals and insurance plans in New York and California.

The research on hospitals is pretty clear: fewer hospitals in a region means higher premiums.

But on a different metric, results varied state to state: the concentration of insurance plans available in a region didn’t have the same impact on insurance prices.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says the states that refuse to expand Medicaid under Obamacare could see hospitals close. Malloy spoke on Tuesday at a liberal think tank in Washington D.C. Twenty six states hadn't expanded Medicaid as of the end of March. 

The Norwalk and Danbury hospitals have officially merged. Officials made the announcement Wednesday night at the Norwalk Hospital’s annual meeting. 

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Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Thomas Leonardi says President Obama is not trying to force state commissioners to follow his suggestion that they allow insurers to extend existing plans that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act.

Leonardi was one of several state commissioners from around the country who met with the President in the Oval Office on Wednesday.