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March 14, 2014 - This brief examines state decisions to enhance the value of the small-business marketplaces for small employers and finds that most have set predictable participation and eligibility requirements and will offer a competitive choice of insurers and plans.
February 12, 2014 - The participation of young adults may not be as critical to the success of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplaces as is widely believed, according to this report based on the perspectives of prominent actuaries, insurers selling plans in the marketplaces, policy researchers, and federal officials.
January 9, 2014 - A new Commonwealth Fund survey finds that 24 percent of Americans who are potentially eligible for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act had visited one of the new insurance marketplaces by the end of December to find a health plan.
December 18, 2013 - This issue brief examines the policies set by some state-based marketplaces to simplify plan choices: adopting a meaningful difference standard, limiting the number of plans or benefit designs insurersmay offer, or requiring standardized benefit designs.
December 17, 2013 - Part of states' roles in administering the new health insurance marketplaces is to certify the health plans available for purchase. This analysis focuses on how state-based and state partnership marketplaces are using their flexibility in setting certification standards to shape plan design in the individual market.
December 20, 2013 - In an update, Sara Collins, Ph.D., and Tracy Garber report that enrollment has climbed to more than a million people nationwide, about five times the last estimate reported on November 21.