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KBRA Releases 2018 Update to Affordable Care Act Research Report

Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases an update to its research
report on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and continuing collapse of the
health care CO-OPs, that were created and funded as part of ACA.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as
the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was signed by President Obama on
March 23, 2010. ACA was designed to improve access to affordable health
coverage, and reduce the number of uninsured adults in the United
States. The ACA also gave rise to the establishment of qualified
non-profit health insurance issuers to offer competitive health plans in
the individual and small group markets called the Consumer Operated and
Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program. With this, the federal government pumped
approximately $2.5 billion to fund these 23 CO-OPs covering 26 states.

However, only four of the original 23 Health Care CO-OPs established and
funded as part of the Affordable Care Act remain active. Losses from the
collapse of the CO-OPs are in the billions of dollars and have forced
thousands of insureds to scramble for alternative coverage. The initial
funding on the now 19 closed CO-OPs of approximately $2 billion of
taxpayer money is essentially gone; it was supposed to last 20 years.
With sizeable rate increases requested for 2019, there is no relief in
sight for Affordable Care Act insureds.

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KBRA is a full service credit rating agency registered with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission as an NRSRO. In addition, KBRA is
recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as a
Credit Rating Provider and a certified Credit Rating Agency (CRA) by the
European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). Kroll Bond Rating
Agency Europe Limited is registered with ESMA as a CRA.

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