Federally run health insurance marketplaces in most states feature a robust selection of insurers and health plans from which consumers can choose, according to an analysis by Avalere Health, a health care consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C.
In most of the 36 state marketplaces where the federal government is fully or partly running them, at least four insurance companies are selling health plans, the company said.
"The federally-facilitated marketplace landscape reveals meaningful competition among insurers and a variety of plan options for consumers to choose among," Avalere Health CEO Dan Mendelson said in a press statement. "Consumers in many states will find options from Blues plans and national carriers competing alongside local, regional, and provider-sponsored insurers."
The marketplaces opened for business in every state Oct. 1. The federal government is fully or partly running the marketplaces in 36 states. Fourteen states are running their own marketplaces.
Avalere Health analyzed data released recently by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the 36 federally run marketplaces.
Federal health officials said that premiums in the federally run marketplaces are about 16 percent lower than originally projected.