In 2017 there will be only one insurer selling health care plans in the Obamacare exchanges in one-third of the country, according to an analysis from Avalere experts.
Avalere, a health care consulting firm, compared the health insurance carriers that offered Obamacare coverage in 2016 to the carriers who have announced their intention to exit the exchanges in 2017, such as Aetna, Humana, UnitedHealthcare, and some co-ops.
The experts projected that 36 percent of exchange market rating regions in the United States in 2017 will have just one health insurance carrier, and 55 percent of regions will have two or fewer carriers. This is a significant increase from 2016, when only 4 percent of regions had one or fewer health insurance carriers and 33 percent of regions had two or fewer insurers.
Seven states—Alaska, Alabama, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming—will have only one health insurance carrier per rating region in 2017.
Experts at Avalere said there may be some sub-regional counties where no plans are offered in 2017. No insurer plans to sell coverage in Pinal Country, Arizona next year, according to a report from the Hill.
“Depending on where consumers live, their choice of insurance plans may decrease for 2017,” said Elizabeth Carpenter, senior vice president at Avalere. “Some exchange enrollees may need to choose another insurance plan in order to maintain coverage.”
Large health insurers have announced they are exiting the marketplaces because of unsustainable financial losses.
“Lower-than-expected enrollment, a high cost population, and troubled risk mitigation programs have led to decreased plan participation for 2017,” said Dan Mendelson, president of Avalere. “Congress and the Administration can choose to stabilize these markets and re-establish competition—but only through a consensus process that brings in a broader swatch of the uninsured.”
Why is it that all of these people can make such stupid choices and not expect stupid results?
Really, it is not rocket science to figure out that once insurance is available and subsidized that a veritable army of the walking wounded are going to come pouring in for treatment
It’s not the “Poor” people who aren’t covered
It is the working men and women who have slogged along for ten years with a bad knee or a hernia or bad disks
The ones who aren’t willing to ask for help or stiff someone for their care finally have access and are going to use every bit available
It’s also not rocket science to know that young people who are healthy and not in need of insurance are going to tell you to go fuck yourselves when you order them to get insured
Pay a fine?
Fuck you, I’ll work for cash
What did these lame brained morons who purportedly run this country expect?
In my county, the most prominent G.I doctor here now charges $34,000 for a colonoscopy that the insurance companies are required to provide free of charge once a year
Before Obamacare he was charging $1800.00 for the procedure
They didn’t expect that?
Seriously, how stupid are these fools?
They didn’t expect all of the large chain employers to cut hours until they weren’t required to provide insurance?
Now, I don’t claim to be the smartest guy in the world but it is a big, big, problem when I am able to out think all of these people