health insurance marketplace

What is a health insurance marketplace?

health insurance marketplace – or health insurance exchange – is a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, established to provide a selection of competing providers, each offering different qualified plans. All qualified plans must be ACA-compliant – meeting standards established and enforced by the federal government. For instance, participating plans will not be allowed to discriminate against applicants based on health history (pre-existing conditions) or future risk. Competition between the plan providers would, in theory, encourage the providers to improve the quality and pricing of offered plans.