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Chris Sloan, a managing partner at the Washington, D.C.-based Avalere Health said the shrinking pool in Minnesota is creating a self-fulfilling prophecy: As more healthy people decide the high monthly premiums aren't worth it, it leaves behind a smaller pool of sicker residents to cover medical costs, driving up prices for the next year.
"This likely contributed somewhat to plans seeing worse risk than expected in 2014, but it isn't a smoking gun for the co-ops or other plans' woes," said Mr. Sloan, at Avalere. "It is hard to know the exact magnitude of the impact."