Insurer Anthem opens another hole in ACA exchange blanket

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"Recognizing the dynamics and level of volatility in the individual ACA-compliant product offerings, considering any changes to our footprint in Georgia requires a thoughtful approach.To that end, we remain in active dialogue with state leaders and (Department of Insurance) regulators in hopes that we can find a sustainable path moving forward before we are required to make a decision". Its exit from the OH exchanges is likely to leave consumers in 18 OH counties without the option of purchasing an Obamacare plan, The Wall Street Journal reports.

About 242,000 people enrolled in individual health plans through the state's exchange, while 665,000 picked Essential Plans. Missouri now has about 25 so-called bare counties, meaning it could have zero options on its exchange. But she says that might not be the best option for everyone.

If the company were to withdraw from all its markets, it could leave at least 275,000 people with no Obamacare option next year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

There are millions of stories like mine, but there are also stories of Arizonans facing 116 percent premium hikes, Iowans dealing with an exodus of insurers from the health care marketplace, and stories from the quarter of Americans nationwide who continue to struggle to pay their medical bills.

The Anthem exit in OH is especially worrying, however, given the massive swath of the country in which it is the sole insurer in the exchanges, according to Cynthia Cox, associate director at nonpartisan health policy think tank The Kaiser Family Foundation. Five other counties in the Fifth District could be left with only one insurer in their individual marketplaces as well.

Brown told reporters Wednesday that Trump and a GOP-controlled Congress have created the very uncertainty Anthem latched on to, to stop selling policies in OH, a move that is estimated to impact about 70,000 paying customers.

In a tweet, Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said of the OH news that "the collapse of Obamacare continues". For example Colorado, where it is the only Obamacare insurer in 14 of the state's counties.

The departures of the two large insurers in OH follows a trend of dwindling numbers of insurance companies offering coverage in the state. Senate lawmakers are considering a Republican measure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Anthem is one of the most significant participant in the marketplace. That leaves a bunch of states where it's operating watching with trepidation. In a statement, the insurer had blamed uncertainty over whether subsidies would continue to be paid out to people buying plans on the exchange, a problem created by President Trump's decision to punt a decision on whether to support those subsidies.

"Congressional action is needed to restore stability", Brock said. An Anthem exit would raise that number to 300,000 people in seven states.

Earlier this year, insurance providers Aetna and Humana announced they would abandon the individual markets in 2018.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said in a statement that Anthem's decision affects the ability to get cancer treatments, life-saving micine and even taking children to see a doctor.

Republicans argued it showed Obamacare was faltering and must be replaced while Democrats said it was more evidence that Congress and the White House were sabotaging the insurance market.

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