Monday, July 3, 2017

County by County Analysis of Current Projected Insurer Participation in Health Insurance Exchanges

CMS.gov Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
CMS released a county-level map of 2018 projected Health Insurance Exchanges participation based on the known issuer participation public announcements through June 9, 2017. This map shows that insurance options on the Exchanges continue to disappear. Plan options are down from last year and, in some areas, Americans will have no coverage options on the Exchanges, based on the current data. 

The CMS map displays point in time data and is expected to fluctuate as issuers continue to make announcements on exiting or entering specific states and counties. It currently shows that nationwide 47 counties are projected to have no insurers, meaning that Americans in these counties could be without coverage on the Exchanges for 2018. It’s also projected that as many as 1,200 counties - nearly 40% of counties nationwide – could have only one issuer in 2018. Currently, for 2018 at least 35,000 active Exchange participants live in the counties projected to be without coverage in 2018, and roughly 2.4 million Exchange participants are projected to have one issuer. It’s expected that the number of consumers with no coverage choices will rise. 

CMS continues to work with state departments of insurance and issuers to address bare counties, exploring all options available under current law to provide Americans with access to coverage. Qualified Health Plan submissions for the Federally-facilitated Exchanges will be accepted by states and CMS through June 21, 2017. You can learn more by visiting hhs.gov/relief

See the full text of this excerpted CMS Press Release (issued June 13).

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