Health Payer Intelligence September 19, 2019
Kelsey Waddill

After seven years of instability and decreasing involvement from payers, the Affordable Care Act exchanges, or the federal health insurance marketplace, will expand in 2020, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) predicted.

“Stability has not been a major theme in the story of the Affordable Care Act marketplace, but since 2018, premium growth has slowed and issuer participation has increased,” RWJF summarized in a statement. “While enrollment has trended down somewhat in recent years, health plans seem newly interested in participating.”

Specifically, Centene, Oscar, and Bright Health are expected to expand immensely. The Blue plans, Cigna, and Anthem have also staked out new areas to offer Affordable Care Act health plans.

Last year, many counties were in danger of going...