Anthem to exit Obamacare
market in Virginia next year
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[August 12, 2017]
(Reuters) - U.S. health insurer
Anthem Inc <ANTM.N> said on Friday it will exit Obamacare markets in
Virginia and reduce its plan offerings in Washington and Scott counties
and the city of Bristol next year.
The move comes nearly two weeks after President Donald Trump took aim at
insurers by threatening to cut the healthcare subsidy payments that make
Obamacare plans affordable, after repeatedly failing in his efforts to
dismantle former President Barack Obama's healthcare law.
Insurers are facing an upheaval in their health insurance businesses due
to uncertainty over the healthcare legislation as Republican lawmakers
seek to follow through on their promise to repeal and replace the
Affordable Care Act.
Health insurers, such as UnitedHealth Group Inc <UNH.N>, Aetna Inc
<AET.N> and Humana Inc <HUM.N>, have also exited most of the states
where they used to sell plans.
The insurers have asked the government to commit to making the $8
billion in subsidy payments for 2018, saying they may raise rates or
leave the individual insurance marketplace if there is too much
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The office building of health insurer Anthem is seen in Los Angeles,
California February 5, 2015. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas/File Photo
On Monday, Anthem said it would no longer offer Obamacare plans in Nevada's
state exchange and half of Georgia's counties in 2018.
The company said on Friday it will only offer off-exchange plans in Washington
and Scott counties and the city of Bristol.
Hundreds of U.S. counties are at risk of losing access to private health
coverage in 2018 as health insurers consider pulling out of those markets in the
Last week, Molina Healthcare Inc <MOH.N> said it would stop selling Obamacare
plans in Utah and Wisconsin.
(Reporting by Divya Grover in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)
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