CareSource has agreed to step in and offer health insurance in Paulding County, Ohio, the last county in the country that faced the prospect of lacking a single Obamacare carrier in 2018.
Almost seven dozen counties covering over 90,000 people had at some point faced the prospect of having zero options next year, fueling President Trump's claim the law was "imploding" and needed to be replaced.
The lone USA county now at risk of going uncovered on the federal health law's insurance exchanges has landed an insurer.
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Insurers are still waiting for certainty on key ObamaCare insurer payments called cost-sharing reduction subsidies. Two companies, CareSource and Centene, covered 55 of the 82 counties that were once at risk of having no ACA coverage, according to KFF's Cynthia Cox. Every person looking to buy coverage on the ACA marketplace in OH and nationwide will have at least one health insurance option.
In July, the state insurance department announced that five insurers had agreed to offer plans 19 of the 20 OH counties without a 2018 option on the insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. With CareSource's decision to offer ACA policies in Paulding County, every OH county will be covered. "There is a lot of uncertainty facing consumers when it comes to health insurance and these announcements will provide important relief". The Health and Human Services Department said it estimates that more than 45 percent of counties in 2018 will have only one insurer on their respective exchanges, "which means they will not have any choices". "Our decision to offer coverage in the bare counties speaks to our mission and commitment to the Marketplace and serving those who are in need of health care coverage". With today's announcement, Kaiser has already updated its map.