The US health insurance industry continues to be defined by uncertainty. The 25 articles in this compendium can help health insurers navigate the changes ahead.
Topic Public exchanges
The findings in this Intelligence Brief provide an introductory perspective on how the next US administration and Congressional Republicans may approach altering the ACA and related legislation. The information is based on publicly reported information released through December 8, 2016. Our Reform Center team is continuing to refresh this perspective on a real-time basis and is closely analyzing potential implications and economic impacts for each policy element under a full range of scenarios.
Analysis of exchange premiums indicates that overall prices will continue to increase in 2017. Despite this, some consumers will see their premiums decline given the effect of government subsidies.
Analysis of exchange plans indicates that a majority of carriers are continuing to shift toward managed offerings, and consumers will see less unmanaged plan designs available to them than in previous years.
Analysis of exchange carrier participation nationwide indicates that the overall number of carriers has dropped below 2014 levels. However, a majority of markets will continue to have more than one carrier participating.
As consumers gain experience purchasing health insurance in the individual market, their attitudes are evolving—and so is the market. McKinsey’s 2016 Individual Market Open Enrollment Period Consumer Survey reveals the changes.
While the individual market is still in flux, careful analysis of carriers’ performance reveals several factors are associated with better results.
As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) third individual-market open enrollment period (OEP) came to a close in January, McKinsey’s Center for U.S. Health System Reform conducted its eighth national online survey to gather insights into how the individual-market and consumer behavior have evolved.
Offering a health plan can give health systems an opportunity for growth, but it is not without financial risk. To benefit from this move, health systems should use a different lens to understand both consumers and risk, know where the best growth opportunities are, rethink their payor-provider interactions, and take advantage of integrated claims and clinical data.
Based on nationwide 2016 individual exchange rates, here are overall and state-by-state insights on carrier participation, price leadership shifts, gross premium changes, and the impact of subsidies on 2016 rates.
How the competitive landscape on the public exchanges is continuing to unfold
New McKinsey research sheds light on why Hispanic enrollment rates continue to be low – and how these numbers could be improved.
Updated 2015 network data, including a comparison of networks offered on the 2014 and 2015 exchanges, insights into how networks’ pricing structures are evolving, and insurer and provider participation.
As the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) second individual market open enrollment period (OEP) came to a close in February, McKinsey’s Center for U.S. Health System Reform conducted our seventh national online survey to discern insights into how the individual market has evolved.
State-by-state data and analysis on approved 2015 products offered on federal and state Individual exchanges
Survey findings shed light on how a variety of factors could affect the decisions consumers make about enrolling: eligibility for subsidies, penalties for not enrolling, satisfaction with 2014 plans, and increases in premium rates.
A close look at the public exchange network in 2014.
With the first OEP concluded, this retrospective overview shows how the market landscape has evolved.
This intelligence brief discusses the results of our April individual-market consumer survey, which confirm observations from the first open enrollment period and indicate possible future behavior.
Our second brief on exchange dynamics is based on a comprehensive analysis of all exchange offerings across the entire US—more than 21,000 unique qualified health plans filed on the public exchanges in all rating areas.
This brief comprises an initial set of analyses regarding the structure, competitive dynamics, and pricing on the exchanges, and their implications.
Many payors now have experience developing value networks, but they may not yet have optimized their network configuration or approach. Over the long term, payors must be able to maximize the value these networks deliver.
In the post-reform era, payors will attempt to capture savings by creating limited networks with reduced reimbursement rates. To respond, health systems need a clear understanding—market by market—of their competitive advantages and of when, if, and how to trade price for volume.
This series of articles examines transformational imperatives specific to health systems in the post-reform era, drawing on extensive work with healthcare stakeholders across the value chain.
Accounting for the cost of U.S. health care: Pre-reform trends and the impact of the recession (2011)
This report analyzes US healthcare spending trends overall and by category of care, and compares US healthcare expenditures with other developed countries.