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One state just got saved from Obamacare's nightmare scenario

One state just got saved from Obamacare's nightmare scenario”

Anthem, a major insurer, filled Obamacare's "bare counties" on Friday by reversing its decision to withdraw from Virginia's marketplace.

Anthem's move means that there are now not any parts of the United States that lack at least one insurer willing to sell individual market health plans in 2018.

Exiting insurers have blamed both the law itself - it failed to attract enough young and healthy customers to balance out an influx of sicker, costlier ones - and the uncertainty instilled by Mr. Trump's wavering commitment to "cost-sharing" payments for insurers and the individual mandate that requires people to get health insurance or pay a tax.

No bare counties. Thank you, Anthem!

Gov. Terry McAuliffe hailed Anthem's decision to return to the individual market in those localities, which include Goochland, New Kent and Powhatan counties. Their decision to make sure every locality in Virginia is served is a recognition that all Virginians need access to health care and a direct reflection of the intense effort by our administration, our Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and our entire congressional delegation to convince Anthem of the value of continuing to offer plans in these localities. "We will continue to work in Congress with colleagues regardless of party to fix the existing Affordable Care Act to ensure a stable market, lower costs and improved coverage".

Sen. Mark R. Warner and Sen.

Anthem's decision patched over the problem- at least for now. "It's time for the Trump Administration to stop their efforts to sabotage and destabilize the markets, which resulted in fewer choices and higher premiums for 2018". State health insurance commissioners and health care experts expressed support for reinsurance as a way to increase certainty in the marketplace.

Anthem already pulled out of several states due to profit and political instability concerns, something that could indicate Virginia is a more profitable market for the insurer.

Earlier this month, Optima Health said it would remain in the market but only on areas served by Sentara Healthcare, its corporate parent.

However, Optima changed course early this week to restore coverage in five counties, including New Kent and an uncovered portion of Louisa, and the city of Franklin.

That left 58 localities with no insurer offering individual plans.

Earlier this week, however, the company said it will continue to sell individual plans in all of CT.



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