Anthem changes course, agrees to offer health insurance on Virginia exchange

Anthem changes course, agrees to offer health insurance on Virginia exchange

But earlier this week, Optima slightly expanded the area where it will sell exchange products next year, and Anthem on Friday announced it would keep selling marketplace plans in 68 cities and counties in Virginia, 63 of which had appeared at risk of lacking a marketplace insurer.

"We are glad Anthem is re-entering the Virginia individual health care exchange to provide thousands of Virginia consumers with coverage in places where they might have had none", Virginia U.S. Sens.

"Anthem will remain focused on developments in the individual marketplace and will continue to advocate for solutions that will stabilize the market and allow us to once again offer individual insurance coverage throughout the state of Virginia in the future", the company said.

In an about-face, Anthem announced on Friday that it will sell on- and off-exchange plans in 68 of Virginia's cities and counties.

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam issued the following statement after Anthem's decision to continue offering insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act throughout Virginia. About half of US counties will have only one insurer to choose from on their exchanges next year, and 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.

Anthem's return to rural areas and counties that were bare is good news, said Doug Gray, executive director of the Virginia Association of Health Plans.

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The decision is the latest twist in a continuing drama that has played out in states around the country, with state officials repeatedly - and, so far, successfully - scrambling to land insurers for potential bare patches on their ACA exchange maps.

"I am very appreciative of the efforts of Governor McAuliffe and our congressional delegation in working with Anthem to help bring about this decision".

Attempts to repeal the ACA, uncertainty about federal funding for insurers, which subsidizes many customers' deductibles and copays, as well as no word on whether the individual mandate will be re-instated have pushed insurers out of ACA exchanges nationwide.

"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", said Sens.

Obamacare's champions declared victory in late August, when OH regulators said they convinced a nonprofit insurer to cover the final bald spot in the nation - Paulding County - though Optima's decision to withdraw from Virginia last week reintroduced the problem. Later, it made a decision to offer coverage in five counties that otherwise wouldn't have had options.

That left 58 localities with no insurer offering individual plans.

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