HHS Proposes Shifting People Into Cheaper ObamaCare Plans

The Obama administration might allow states to shift ObamaCare enrollees into cheaper plans in 2016 if consumers do not take action to enroll themselves in new coverage.

The proposal was released Friday as part of a 324-page regulation outlining how the marketplaces will operate in 2016.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it was weighing the change because consumers tend to favor cheaper plans.

Enrollees would be able to choose the option to be automatically enrolled in cheaper coverage when they first enter the exchange, the CMS said.

“This alternative enrollment hierarchy could be triggered if the enrollee’s current plan’s premium increased from the prior year, or increased relative to the premium of other similar plans by more than a threshold amount,” the regulation stated.