Professor Angela Mattie: To be successful, health insurance exchanges must have enough young, healthy people in pool

Professor Angela Mattie

Professor Angela Mattie

The website continues to be plagued with problems and experts have begun to worry about the trend that more people are electing medicaid than buying private insurance through the exchanges.

Angela Mattie, an associate professor in the Health Care Management and Organizational Leadership Department in the School of Business at Quinnipiac University, is available to comment.

“Approximately half of Connecticut’s newly enrolled in Obamacare’s health care insurance programs chose to enroll in Medicaid. ObamaCare provides for Medicaid eligibility expansion as well as health insurance exchanges. The health insurance exchanges, in order to be successful, must have enough young and healthy people in the pool to effectively spread the risk and account for those individuals in the same bucket who require significant health services.

“If the young and healthy are flocking to the Medicaid option there will not be the ability to spread the risk within the exchanges. While the jury is still out on why the Medicaid option is so appealing, theories are: lower costs, better public education, and ease of enrollment.”

To schedule an interview with Mattie, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449.

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