CareSource ensures that every county in the United States will have an Obamacare option

Every county in the United States will now have at least one Obamacare-approved insurer providing coverage to its residents starting next year, according to healthcare-management company CareSource.
By Ed Mason | Aug 27, 2017
Every county in the United States will now have at least one Obamacare-approved insurer providing coverage to its residents starting next year, according to healthcare-management company CareSource. The company announced Thursday that it will provide Obamacare-approved coverage next year in Paulding County, Ohio, the last U.S. county that was without any Obamacare insurers.
"The Marketplace provides vital health care coverage to more than 10.3 million Americans and we want to be a resource for consumers left without options," CareSource CEO and President Pamela Morris said in a statement.
Anthem, Aetna, and other insurers have been exiting Obamacare markets across the country due to unexpectedly high costs of covering large numbers of new enrollees who have serious health complications. Their departures left many counties with dwindling provider options for residents seeking Obamacare coverageat one point this year, around 80 counties were anticipating having no Obamacare insurers left in 2018.

President Trump's threats to stop funding Obamacare subsidies, and many insurers to warn that they would leave Obamacare markets completely if he followed through on it. With the failure of the GOP health-care bill, however, Trump has continued to fund the health-care subsidies on a month-by-month basis.

Meanwhile, other health insurers gradually stepped in to fill the coverage gaps county by county, and by the beginning of this week had covered all except Paulding County and the Wisconsin county of Menominee. On Tuesday, two became one when Security Health Plan announced that it will start selling plans in Menominee County in 2018.

Insurers have not gotten any long-term commitment of continued funding from the White House, and some warn that they will leave Obamacare if they do not receive this. However, the Senate Health Committee is expected to pass a subsidies-funding bill that will fund Obamacare payments in September.

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