Americans aren’t feeling great about health insurance in this country, with nearly seven in ten (68%) rating health coverage in the United States as fair or poor in Gallup’s most recent Health and Healthcare poll.
New data released from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) may support this gloomy perspective, despite some signs of improvement in health plan quality.
In NCQA’s 2023 Health Plan Ratings, just two health plans out of that nearly 1,100 that reported data earned the top rating of 5 stars. As dismal as that may sound, it’s actually double the number of commercial plans that did as well in last year’s ratings.
Health plans can earn between 0 to 5 stars, with 5 stars representing the highest quality. NCQA rates commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid health plans and incorporates nearly 50 measures of healthcare quality, patient outcomes, and patient experience. The latest ratings are based on 2022 data for 215 million enrollees.