LONE UNCOVERED US COUNTY GETS INSURER FOR HEALTH EXCHANGE

The AP reports that only a few months ago, more than “40 mostly rural counties faced the prospect of having no options for their exchanges, but insurers have gradually come forward to fill the gaps.” The article adds that insurers have not considered rural counties attractive “because they usually have a smaller, older customer base and a care provider like a hospital system with a dominant market position,” which “can make it difficult to negotiate payment rates.” Ohio-based insurer CareSource will step up to provide health insurance coverage in Paulding County, Ohio in 2018. The lone county at risk of going uncovered on the federal health law’s insurance exchanges now has an insurer. Read the full article at: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/APFN_US_HEALTH_OVERHAUL_EXCHANGES?SITE=AP&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-24-13-31-46

Taking A U-Turn On Benefits, Big Employers Vow To Continue Offering Health Insurance

Kaiser Health New reports that two new surveys indicate “companies continue to try to control costs while backing away from shrinking or dropping health benefits.” The article says this is “a marked change from three years ago, when many big employers – those with 1,000 employees or more – contemplated ending medical benefits and shifting workers to the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces.” Three years ago, just 25 percent of large employers were “very confident” they would still be providing healthcare coverage for workers in a decade, but in the recent survey, that figure rose to 65 percent. Read about the U-Turn on benefits at: Taking A U-Turn On Benefits, Big Employers Vow To Continue Offering Health Insurance

Access to Health Insurance Restored in 19 Ohio Counties

Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment announced that health options have been restored on the federal exchange in 19 Ohio counties following the withdrawal of other insurers earlier this year. Buckeye Health Plan, CareSource, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Molina Health Care of Ohio and Paramount Health Care are helping ensure coverage is available in these counties on the exchange in 2018. Announcements made earlier this year would have left Ohioans in 20 Ohio counties without access to health insurance. The department is working to restore coverage to the 20th county before insurers must enter contracts with the federal government in late September. You can read more on what options these 5 major health insurers in Ohio are providing in …