The open enrollment period for individual major medical insurance for 2018 is about to start Wednesday, and it's still not very clear how exactly the market for that product will work, or if it will really exist in much of the country.

It's not every clear whether the market will face cataclysmic change. Insurance markets have moved through tumultuous times before, inspired predictions of doom, and gone on to do just fine. The individual major medical market could still shock everyone by bobbling a bit and, in the end, doing just fine.

This will be the first full open enrollment period under the administration of President Donald Trump, and under his administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Seema Verma.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.