Counties Will Have Only One Health Insurer Option Under Obamacare in 2018


Hancock, Paulding, and Van Wert were among 20 counties left without a single insurer when Anthem announced in June that it would not offer marketplace plans next year. Now those five insurers have agreed to be insurance options for Ohioans in 19 of 20 OH counties insured under the federal health care program.

The state's insurance regulators say that Paramount Health Care, Molina Healthcare, Centene, CareSource, and Medical Mutual of OH will offer plans on the exchanges next year, although they could change their minds depending on what the Trump administration does about health care.

Paulding County in northwest OH is now the only one in the state without at least one available plan through the insurance marketplace set up by the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

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"OH has long had a strong insurance system and once again our insurers stepped up at an important time for thousands of Ohioans, taking unprecedented action to provide access to health insurance for Ohioans who otherwise were without options". The agency also suggested that the health insurer participation dropped by more than a third since its peak in 2015, two years after the Obamacare exchanges opened.

The company cited uncertainty caused by the Trump administration on whether key ObamaCare insurer payments would be paid.