County by county analysis of current projected insurer participation in Health Insurance Exchanges
CMS has released a county-level map of 2018 projected Health Insurance Exchanges participation based on data as of July 19. The map shows a lack of options in many counties, and in some counties, no options at all for Exchange participants.
CMS projects that 40 percent of counties nationwide could only have one issuer in 2018, roughly 2.4 million Exchange participants. At least 35,000 active Exchange participant live in counties that are projected to be without coverage in 2018.
“This is yet another failing report card for the Exchanges,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “The American people have fewer insurance choices and in some counties no choice at all. CMS is working with state departments of insurance and issuers to find ways to provide relief and help restore access to healthcare plans, but our actions are by no means a long-term solution to the problems we’re seeing with the Insurance Exchanges.”
All State Exchange data is self-reported from the exchanges to CMS (CA, CO, CT, DC, ID, MA, MD, MN, NY, RI, VT, WA).
The following eight states carrier count is rolled up to a state rather than county level (CA, CO, ID, MA, MD, MN, NY, WA).
All data reflected on this map is point in time as of 6/19/2017 and is expected to fluctuate.