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Administration Official, Seeking To Allay Insurers’ Concerns, Says Market Is Stabilizing

Kevin Counihan, the Obama administration’s top insurance exchange official, told a forum of insurance executives, “We’re seeing the maturing of a marketplace — people getting a bit more experienced and comfortable on how to buy coverage.” Also, a poll examines attitudes about the law in Florida.

The Hill: ObamaCare Official Touts 'Maturing' Marketplace Amid Insurer Anxiety
A top ObamaCare official on Tuesday touted the increasingly stable healthcare marketplace, looking to assuage concerns from an insurance industry that remains jittery about some parts of the law. Addressing the nation’s largest insurance group, CEO Kevin Counihan highlighted the younger and healthier customers who signed up in the most recent enrollment season. Ticking off statistics about the latest open enrollment season, he said the figures are showing “just want you want to see in a risk pool.” (Ferris, 3/8)

Health News Florida: Poll Shows Health Care Divide In Florida
A new poll shows that Floridians are divided about how their health care has changed in the two years since much of the Affordable Care Act has gone into effect. By contrast, nationwide, a majority said their personal health care has pretty much stayed the same in the past two years, according to the national poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. (Watts, 3/8)

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