The Growing Interest in Private Exchanges

Interest in private exchanges has sharply increased as the Affordable Care Act is officially underway, according to a report by the Decision Resources Group. The number of patients in consumer-driven health plans is likely to increase as private exchanges become more prevalent, which could have a negative effect on pharmaceutical sales, especially for branded drugs.

Decision Resources Group Analyst, AnnJeanette Colwell said, “Although there has not been mass movement towards these private exchanges, employers are interested in exploring these options. The increased interest in private exchanges provides an opportunity for managed care organizations to gain commercial enrollment, especially if employers begin moving their groups into single carrier exchanges.”

She said that when employer groups shift their workers into exchanges and use a defined contribution benefit model, employers will be more cost-conscious. Consumers are less likely to choose plans that significantly exceed their employers’ contributions. They are likely to choose a high-deductible option that has lower monthly premiums. For more information, visit

Last Updated 10/20/2021

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