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Kaiser Permanente to Stay in ACA Markets

Kaiser Permanente will continue to offer coverage options through the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges during 2018, the payer and provider announced...
May 23, 2017

Kaiser Permanente will continue to offer coverage options through the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges during 2018, the payer and provider announced. The announcement came several days after CEO Bernard Tyson announced his commitment to the ACA at the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Healthcare Symposium.

Across the nation, insurers are still submitting quotes and deciding whether to be part of the 2018 individual exchanges. Some prominent players such as Aetna and UnitedHealthcare, have announced plans to leave the healthcare insurance exchanges entirely for 2018. However, some payers are seeing profits stabilize and are making plans to expand their offerings. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee recently announced it will be expanding into the individual healthcare marketplace in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Tyson also refuted earlier comments by Aetna CEO Mark Bertollini that the ACA exchanges were in a “death-spiral.” “I would not use that term (death spiral) because we now have 20-plus million people getting access to care through the front door,” said Tyson. “We still have 30 million more with no coverage. We still have work to do.”

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