Enrollment in private health insurance exchanges is likely to match enrollment in public exchanges by 2017 and may exceed it in 2018, an Accenture study found.
According to the Accenture analysis, in 2017, approximately 18% of the American public will purchase insurance through exchanges, radically transforming the health insurance landscape.
Many employers favor private exchanges because they offer defined contribution plans and opportunities to customize supplemental offerings such as dental, life and disability products. Recent employer surveys indicated that more than one in four employers are considering moving to private exchanges in the next 3-5 years.
While public exchanges will be government operated, private exchanges are being developed by consulting firms, such as Aon Hewitt, Mercer, and Towers Watson, as well as retailers, such Walgreens, and even insurance brokers. Health insurers are not only joining private exchanges, some like Aetna and Cigna have plans to develop proprietary exchanges of their own.
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