(6-7-17 – Ohio State Representative Keith Faber (R-Celina) today released the following statement in response to the announcement that healthcare provider Anthem will withdraw from Ohio’s health insurance exchange:
“I wish I could say I’m surprised, but we have seen the number of health insurance options decrease year after year under Obamacare in a market that eliminates competition and drives up costs. This change leaves many hard-working people in my district without health insurance or even the option to buy a policy for themselves and their families. These are people we know, our friends, our neighbors, and our families. This is a problem that was and is directly caused by the federal government’s actions to create Obamacare and delay repealing it. It is time to stop talking and start fixing this problem.”
Anthem announced it will stop offering policies in the Ohio marketplace in 2018, affecting some 10,500 Ohioans across the state. Mercer and Auglaize counties in addition to 16 other counties are left with no marketplace provider for individual plans. Anyone who buys health insurance that is not in a group insurance plan will now have no options to buy healthcare in these counties.
Ohioans who bought health insurance from Anthem on the exchange will need to find another insurer for 2018, but they have coverage until December 31, 2017. For the approximately 10,500 Ohioans in at least 18 counties that will have no health insurance options from the Obamacare Exchange in 2018, the Department of Insurance is still looking at options to solve this problem. Consumers with questions should contact the Ohio Department of Insurance at 1-800-686-1526.