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Illinois: The Land of Less Competition for Health Insurers
Posted on: 9/24/2019

GaugeWhen it comes to competition in the commercial health insurance market, Illinois has earned the dubious distinction of being one of ten states in the category of "least competitive," according to a recently released study by the American Medical Association (AMA).

High levels of health insurance market concentration, largely due to consolidations such as mergers and acquisitions, can lead to "monopoly power" in that geographic area.

This type of data analysis provides important perspective for ISMS' fight for payer fairness and patient access. With a lack of competition, premiums are higher and reimbursements are generally lower. Monopoly power in health insurance markets harms patients and healthcare professionals.

View map with the 10 least competitive states in the United States (scroll down to map).

To learn more, access the AMA's 2019 report, Competition in health insurance: A comprehensive study of U.S. markets.

Questions? Contact David Porter, ISMS Vice President of Health Policy Research and Advocacy, at 312-580-2468 or by email

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