Jacob Hacker on Bringing Medicare into the Exchanges

August 9, 2017

In an opinion piece in Health Affairs, Jacob Hacker, Gerard Anderson, and Paul Starr publish, “Making the Exchanges More Competitive by Bringing Medicare into the Fold.” 

The authors look at the lack of competition in the health care exchanges – only 354 counties have exchanges with four or more insurers– and propose allowing the option of buying into Medicare on the exchanges where there are fewer than three health insurers. This would increase participation, competition and bring down costs for consumers.