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When Anthem Blue Cross pulls out of the individual market next year, about 60,000 Covered California enrollees, plus others who buy insurance outside of the exchange, will have only one health plan in their areas.
California Healthline senior correspondent Emily Bazar dissects recent developments on KCRW and Capital Public Radio.
The nation’s second-largest insurer is shrinking its presence on Obamacare exchanges and in the broader individual market in response to prevailing uncertainty. California is just the latest — and the biggest — example.
The figure could be higher if President Trump ends an important consumer subsidy, which he has threatened to do. Anthem Blue Cross will pull out of the exchange and the overall individual market in 16 of 19 regions in the state.
In far northern Lassen and Modoc counties, residents say Obamacare premiums are unaffordable. But under the proposed Senate bill, insurance premiums would increase even more.
In a county where cows outnumber people and most voters supported Donald Trump, a coalition of health clinics is driven to defend the Obamacare.
The public — and most senators — got their first look at the bill as it was released Thursday morning. It had been crafted in secret over the past several weeks.
Covered California enrollees continue to be among the healthiest in the nation, which exchange officials hope will hold down rate hikes next year.
CEO Paul Markovich said he opposes the Republican plan because it would allow insurers to once again discriminate against people with preexisting conditions. “We are better than that,” he said.
Health insurers must submit initial rates to California’s exchange on Monday, but confusion persists over core elements of the current health law.