Many counties around the United States have already found it difficult to find health insurance because of Obamacare, with quite a lot of residents faced with the problem that there is usually only one insurance company that they can get health care from – and soon enough that one may even disappear, leaving residents with no options for the “mandatory” healthcare.
For example, companies like Humana are looking to jump ship, and if Humana does that, many parts of Tennessee would be without any health insurance options, unless another company wants to step in.
Anthem health insurance is a huge company spanning across 14 states, and last week they told Bloomberg news they weren’t doing well and looking at leaving the market as well.
The New York Times reports:
Parts of the country are in jeopardy of not having an insurer offering Obamacare plans next year.
Humana announced this year that they’d be leaving the markets altogether next year. That means there are parts of Tennessee that will have no insurance options unless another insurer decides to enter.
And Anthem, which operates in 14 states, is getting nervous, an industry analyst told Bloomberg News this week. Its departure would be a much bigger problem. According to an analysis of government data by Katherine Hempstead at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Anthem is currently the only insurance carrier in nearly 300 counties, serving about a quarter of a million people.
As you can see on our map of those counties, an Anthem departure could leave coverage gaps in substantial parts of Georgia, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio and Colorado, as well as smaller holes in other states. In places where no insurance company offers plans, there will be no way for Obamacare customers to use subsidies to buy health plans.
Without an option for affordable coverage, they would become exempt from the health law’s mandate to obtain coverage. A result could be large increases in the number of Americans without health insurance.