Database, Interactive Map Highlight Information on ACA Plans

October 29, 2014 in News

The Commonwealth Fund has worked with the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago to develop a database and interactive map detailing information about health plans sold through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges, Health Data Management reports.

Details of Project

The database includes information on:

  • Premiums;
  • Deductibles;
  • Maximum out-of-pocket spending; and
  • Other elements of health plan design.

Meanwhile, the interactive map highlights costs, as well as point out yearly price changes in plans offered through the exchanges (Goth, Health Data Management, 10/29).

The groups will update the interactive map and write blog posts as states make such data available, according to a Commonwealth Fund release. HHS is expected to release new cost and benefits data from federally operated exchanges next month.

Using the data available so far, the researchers have been able to compare how premiums vary by state and identify factors that drive the variations. For example, the researchers noted premiums dropped in Colorado and Connected but rose in Minnesota. In addition, they found that more insurers entered the market in the both Colorado and Connecticut, while the largest insurer left the market in Minnesota (Gabel et al., Commonwealth Fund release, 10/28).

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