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Anthem leaves public health insurance marketplace in Ohio


COLLEEN: ONE OF THE NATION’S BIGGEST HEALTH INSURERS IS PULLING OUT OF OHIO’S PUBLIC INSURANCE EXCHANGES NEXT YEAR — A MOVE THAT COULD OPEN MORE HOLES IN THE INCREASINGLY WEAKENED AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. ANTHEM’S DECISION COULD LEAVE CONSUMERS IN 20 OHIO COUNTIES WITHOUT AN OPTION FOR BUYING INDIVIDUAL COVERAGE ON THE EXCHANGE. THE EXCHANGE IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN USE AN INCOME-BASED TAX CREDIT TO HELP COVER THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE. COLLEEN: IN A STATEMENT, ANTHEM SAID SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE EXCHANGES IT HAS BEEN SERVING CONSUMERS BUT “TODAY PLANNING AND PRICING FOR ACA COMPLIANT HEALTH PLANS HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT DUE TO THE SHRINKING INDIVIDUAL MARKET AS WELL AS CONTINUAL CHANGES IN FEDERAL OPERATIONS, RULES AND GUIDANCE. ANTHEM WILL LEAVE THE MARKETPLACE IN 2018.


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