For Many, Fewer Obamacare Choices Doesn’t Mean Higher Prices

Ron Ellis of Augusta, Ga., hugs Monica Baldwin, a navigator with Christ Community Health, after she helped him sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

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Ron Ellis of Augusta, Ga., hugs Monica Baldwin, a navigator with Christ Community Health, after she helped him sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Phil Galewitz/KHN

People in Columbia, S.C., had their pick of four health insurers last year when they shopped for policies during the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment.

This time they have just one: Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, which had the most Obamacare enrollees in Richland County in 2016 due to its low prices.

It’s a change that’s been repeated around the country after big health insurers such as Aetna, Humana and United Healthcare pulled out of dozens of Obamacare marketplaces that they judged unprofitable.

Almost a third of all counties in the United States have just one insurer in the marketplace for people buying individual coverage for 2017. In 2015, just 7 percent had one insurer, according

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/12/28/507102580/for-many-fewer-obamacare-choices-doesnt-mean-higher-prices?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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