Health law consumers face least choice in program’s history

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By MEGHAN HOYER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new analysis for The Associated Press finds that health care consumers will have less choice next year than at any previous time since the opening of the insurance markets created by President Barack Obama’s overhaul.

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The analysis by AP and Avalere Health found that about one-third of U.S. counties will have only one health marketplace insurer.

That’s more than 1,000 counties in 26 states.

It’s roughly double the number of counties with one insurer in 2014, the first year of the program.



With 2017 coverage notices in the mail, families are already facing difficult choices.

Ryan Robinson of Phoenix says the only insurer available next year doesn’t appear to cover an expensive immune-system medication for his 11-year-old daughter.

The Robinsons say they don’t know what to do.

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