The Washington Post (10/30, Goldstein, Eilperin) reports the ACA open enrollment period, which begins today, will take place amid “ground-level disruption” that could make the registration period a challenge for many. The article says “the greatest challenges” are “higher prices and fewer options, plus less time to sign up, less assistance for doing so and far less government promotion of the opportunity to enroll.”
The Wall Street Journal (10/30, Armour, Subscription Publication) says the Department of Health and Human Services on Monday released an analysis showing the number of insurers participating on the ACA’s federal exchange will fall from 167 this year to 132 in 2018, resulting in nearly 30 percent of consumers having one insurer to choose from, versus 20 percent of consumers this year.
Amid these insurance challenges, the Washington Post (10/30, Graham) states that “one market remains remarkably stable: Medicare Advantage plans.” Medicare’s annual open enrollment period runs through Dec. 7, and “2,317 Medicare Advantage plans will be available across the country” for 2018. The piece notes, “Medicare Advantage is an alternative to traditional Medicare,” and these plans typically offer extra benefits, such as dental care, that are not available with traditional Medicare.