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Most Will Have Access to ACA, Except in 40 Counties

Even with the uncertainty caused by the ongoing political debate in Congress about healthcare, experts say the vast majority of Americans will have access to an Affordable Care Act plan if they need, it according to a county-by-county map issued by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...
July 18, 2017

Even with the uncertainty caused by the ongoing political debate in Congress about healthcare, experts say the vast majority of Americans will have access to an Affordable Care Act (ACA) plan if they need, it according to a county-by-county map issued by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Most Americans do not buy, or need ACA coverage, because they have health insurance through another source: through job-based insurance plans, or through Medicare or Medicaid.

On July 5, CMS, which oversees the ACA, posted an updated Health Insurance Exchanges Issuer County Map. That map shows projections for the level of insurer participation on Obamacare exchanges and is based on public announcement by insurers of their intentions as of July 3.

The map shows 40 U.S. counties, in Nevada, Indiana and Ohio that are marked as red, indicating that no insurer as of now intends to sell ACA plans there in 2018. Counties covering large or entire parts of 17 other states are on track to have just one insurer selling Obamacare plans next year.

On the other hand, many northern states, including population-heavy New York, as well as California, are largely green or dark green, with green indicating three insurers selling plans and dark green indicating even more. Much of Florida, another state with a large population, has two or more insurers expected to sell plans.

county map link: https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Programs-and-Initiatives/Health-Insurance-Marketplaces/Downloads/2017-07-12-Issuer-County-Map.pdf

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