States Need More Rules to Protect Insurance Market

Without more rules in place, state regulators won’t be able to fully protect the individual health insurance market from adverse selection when the individual mandate penalty ends in 2019 and if the Trump administration expands association health plans (AHPs) and short-term catastrophic plans, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.

States can “ensure a level playing field among coverage options to promote market stability,” but current state regulations won’t be able to stabilize the Affordable Care Act exchanges or protect against consumers exposed to fraud and financial risk.

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