New York Times Finds Health Care Law Not Having Desired Effect for Rural America

A review by the New York Times has found that one goal of the President's health care law - encouraging competition among insurers in an effort to keep costs low - is falling short for many in rural America.

According to the New York Times - rural areas and small towns have far fewer carriers offering plans in the law's online exchanges and the review found that those places are being asked to choose from some of the highest-priced plans in the 34 states where the federal government is running the health insurance marketplaces.

An analysis of county-level data from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that of the roughly 25-hundred counties served by the federal exchanges - 58-percent have plans offered by just one or two insurance carriers. Only a single insurer is participating in about 530 counties.

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