These departures will leave self-employed people and those who get their insurance through the ACA exchanges at a very real risk of having no insurance options – or only extremely expensive options. Blue Cross Blue Shield announced on August 7, 2017 that it (via Anthem) will not offer individual health insurance coverage in metro Atlanta in 2018. It has almost withdrawn entirely from Georgia’s individual market; yet, in 96 of the state’s 159 counties, Blue Cross is the only company left in the Obamacare health insurance exchange market.
Other providers are pulling out at an alarming rate:
Aetna announced in May that it plans to completely leave the ObamaCare marketplace by 2018.
Humana announced earlier this year that it would leave the ACA’s public exchange.
Minuteman Health announced in June that it plans to withdraw from the market in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Molina Healthcare Inc., plans to withdraw from the marketplace in Utah and Wisconsin.
UnitedHealth Group Inc., via Harken Health Insurance will pull out of the marketplace in Georgia or Chicago and UHG pulled out of the individual insurance marketplace.