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As UnitedHealth Flees The States, You Can Thank Clinton

- April 21, 2016

Clinton: "Before It Was Called ObamaCare, It Was Called HillaryCare, As You Remember." CLINTON: "Before it was called ObamaCare, it was called HillaryCare, as you remember. I fought really hard. The insurance companies and the drug companies spent millions against me." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall, 3/4/16)

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UNITEDHEALTH, THE NATION'S LARGEST HEALTH INSURER, IS PULLING OUT OF "NEARLY ALL" THE OBAMACARE EXCHANGES, LEAVING AMERICANS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY SCRAMBLING FOR ALTERNATIVES

UnitedHealth Group, The Country's Biggest Health Insurer, Will "Pull Out Of Nearly All Of The Affordable Care Act's Exchanges." "The nation's largest health insurer said it would pull out of nearly all of the Affordable Care Act's exchanges, signaling continued instability in the law's signature marketplaces as they head toward their fourth year." (Anna Mathews, "UnitedHealth Tops Expectations, To Leave Some Affordable Care Act Markets," The Wall Street Journal, 4/19/16)

  • Kaiser Family Foundation: More Than Half Of The Counties Where UnitedHealth Participates Would See Their Insurance Options Drop To One Or Two If They Exited The Marketplace. "However, the significance of United leaving the exchange market would vary substantially by state and could have a significant effect in some markets. In more than half of the counties where it participates - and 34% of counties overall - a United withdrawal would have an appreciable effect on the number of insurers competing on the exchange. More than one in four counties where United participates would see a drop from two insurers to one if the company were to exit and not be replaced by a new entrant, and a similar number would go from having three insurers to two. In total, 1.8 million enrollees would go from having a choice of three insurers to two, and another 1.1 million would go from having a choice of two insurers to one." (Cynthia Cox and Ashley Semanskee, "Analysis of UnitedHealth Group's Premiums and Participation in ACA Marketplaces," Kaiser Family Foundation , 4/18/16)

Georgia

UnitedHealth Announced It Will Not Continue Participation In The Marketplace In Georgia For 2017. "UnitedHealth Group Inc., the largest U.S. health insurer, has decided to call it quits in two state Obamacare markets, in the latest challenge to President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul. The insurer won't sell plans for next year in Georgia and Arkansas, according to state insurance regulators. Tyler Mason, a UnitedHealth spokesman, confirmed the exits and declined to say whether the company would drop out of additional states." (Zachary Tracer, "UnitedHealth Quitting Obamacare Markets In Georgia, Arkansas," Bloomberg , 4/8/16)

Arkansas

UnitedHealth Announced It Will Not Continue Participation In The Marketplace In Arkansas For 2017. "UnitedHealth Group Inc., the largest U.S. health insurer, has decided to call it quits in two state Obamacare markets, in the latest challenge to President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul. The insurer won't sell plans for next year in Georgia and Arkansas, according to state insurance regulators. Tyler Mason, a UnitedHealth spokesman, confirmed the exits and declined to say whether the company would drop out of additional states." (Zachary Tracer, "UnitedHealth Quitting Obamacare Markets In Georgia, Arkansas," Bloomberg , 4/8/16)

Michigan

Michigan Announced That UnitedHealth Will Be Dropping Out Of Their Marketplace Next Year. "UnitedHealth Group Inc. plans to exit a third state Obamacare market as the insurer works to stem losses from its struggling Affordable Care Act business. The insurer won't sell policies through Michigan's ACA exchange for next year, according to Andrea Miller, a spokeswoman for the state's Department of Insurance and Financial Services.Georgia and Arkansas said last week that UnitedHealth will quit their exchanges for 2017." (Zachary Tracer, "UnitedHealth To Exit Michigan Obamacare Exchange," The Detroit News , 4/16/16)

North Carolina

UnitedHealth Announced It Will Be Leaving North Carolina's Exchange In 2017. "As part of the pullback, the insurer notified the N.C. Department of Insurance on Monday that it plans to stop offering individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act in 2017. UnitedHealth has been selling ACA policies in North Carolina for two years and operates in 77 counties in the state." (John Murawski, "Unitedhealth To Stop Selling ACA Plans In NC And Most Other States," Raleigh News & Observer, 4/19/16)

Tennessee

"UnitedHealthcare Will Not Offer Insurance Plans In Tennessee On The Federally Run Exchange In 2017." (Holly Fletcher, "UnitedHealthcare To Pull Out Of Obamacare Exchanges In Tennessee," The Tennessean , 4/19/16)

Alabama

UnitedHealth Is Dropping It's ObamaCare Plans In Alabama . "The nation's largest private insurer, UnitedHealth Group, will no longer offer Alabama plans on the marketplace set up under the Affordable Care Act, according to an official at the Alabama Department of Insurance." (Amy Yurkanin, "UnitedHealth Dropping Obamacare Plans In Alabama," AL.com, 4/19/16)

Oklahoma

UnitedHealth Plans Will No Longer Be Offered On The Oklahoma Exchange. "UnitedHealth has already informed several states that it intends to pull out of the exchange markets in 2017. Those include Michigan, Oklahoma, Arkansas and parts of Georgia." (Alison Kodjak, "UnitedHealth To Leave Most Obamacare Exchanges In 2017," NPR, 4/19/16)

Rhode Island

UnitedHealth Will Depart From The Rhode Island Exchange. "UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, said Tuesday that in 2017 it will exit most of the 34 states where it offers plans on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges. Rhode Island's health insurance exchange, HealthSource RI, is among public health exchanges that UnitedHealth will withdraw from, according to a spokeswoman for the exchange Maria Tocco." (Carolyn Johnson, "UnitedHealth Pulling Out Of R.I. Health Exchange And Others Nationally," Providence Journal, 4/19/16)

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Announced It Will No Longer Be Offering UnitedHealth Plans On Their Exchange. "More than 12 state regulators have said UnitedHealth's main insurance arm will stop offering ACA exchange plans in their states next year. Tuesday, insurance regulators in Alabama, Texas, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado and Nebraska said they had been informed the company would withdraw in 2017, added to earlier disclosures by Oklahoma, Louisiana, Michigan, Georgia and Arkansas. A few states have also disclosed that UnitedHealth will remain in their exchanges next year-so far, this includes Nevada and Virginia." (Anna Mathews, "UnitedHealth Tops Expectations, To Leave Some Affordable Care Act Markets," The Wall Street Journal, 4/19/16)

South Carolina

UnitedHealth Will Be Exiting The South Carolina Marketplace. "More than 12 state regulators have said UnitedHealth's main insurance arm will stop offering ACA exchange plans in their states next year. Tuesday, insurance regulators in Alabama, Texas, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado and Nebraska said they had been informed the company would withdraw in 2017, added to earlier disclosures by Oklahoma, Louisiana, Michigan, Georgia and Arkansas. A few states have also disclosed that UnitedHealth will remain in their exchanges next year-so far, this includes Nevada and Virginia." (Anna Mathews, "UnitedHealth Tops Expectations, To Leave Some Affordable Care Act Markets," The Wall Street Journal, 4/19/16)

Connecticut

Connecticut's Exchange Will Lose UnitedHealth Plans In 2017. "UnitedHealthcare will stop offering plans through Connecticut's health insurance exchange after this year, continuing the company's departure from the state-level marketplaces created by the federal health law." (Arielle Becker, "UnitedHealthcare Will Leave CT Exchange In 2017," The Associated Press, 4/19/16)

Louisiana

UnitedHealth Is Dropping From Louisiana's Exchange For 2017. "UnitedHealth is pulling out of 'Obamacare' health coverage in Louisiana next year, forcing about 29,000 people to find a new insurance provider under the federal health care law. The nation's biggest health insurer notified Louisiana Insurance Department officials last week that in January it will end its participation in most of its public health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act." (Richard Thompson, "UnitedHealth To Pull Out Obamacare Coverage In Louisiana, Affect Nearly 29,000 Customers," The Advocate , 4/19/16)

Arizona

UnitedHealth Is Exiting The Marketplace In Arizona For Next Year. "The nation's largest health-care insurer, UnitedHealthcare, will exit the Affordable Care Act marketplace in Arizona next year, a move that will reduce or eliminate options for consumers to buy subsidized plans in more than half of the state's counties." (Ken Alltucker, "One Of Arizona's Largest Health-Care Insurers To Exit Marketplace; Second Could Follow," AZ Central , 4/20/16)

Colorado

UnitedHealth Will Drop Out Of ObamaCare Exchange in Colorado. "UnitedHealth Group Inc. will drop out of government-organized health insurance markets in Colorado and at least 21 other states as the U.S. industry leader tries to stem losses from participating in Obamacare, the health care overhaul that has brought coverage to millions of people. UnitedHealth notified the Colorado Division of Insurance this week of its intention to not apply for the state's insurance exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, for 2017, said Vince Plymell, a spokesman for the insurance division." ("Obamacare In Colorado, Other States To Stem Losses," Bloomberg News , 4/20/16)

Florida

Florida Announced That UnitedHealth Would Not Longer Participate In Their Obamacare Exchange In 2017. "UnitedHealth hasn't listed the markets it's leaving, and confirmations of the withdrawals have been trickling in from regulators in the 34 states where the company sold plans for this year. Florida, Kansas and Massachusetts said Wednesday that the insurer will leave their exchanges for 2017, joining states including Texas, North Carolina and Maryland (see table below)." (Zachary Tracer, "UnitedHealth To Exit Obamacare In 22 States To Stem Losses," Bloomberg , 4/20/16)

Kansas

UnitedHealth Will Pull Out Of Kansas' Exchange Next Year. "UnitedHealth hasn't listed the markets it's leaving, and confirmations of the withdrawals have been trickling in from regulators in the 34 states where the company sold plans for this year. Florida, Kansas and Massachusetts said Wednesday that the insurer will leave their exchanges for 2017, joining states including Texas, North Carolina and Maryland (see table below)." (Zachary Tracer, "UnitedHealth To Exit Obamacare In 22 States To Stem Losses," Bloomberg , 4/20/16)

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Will No Longer Offer UnitedHealth Plans On Their Obamacare Exchange. "UnitedHealth hasn't listed the markets it's leaving, and confirmations of the withdrawals have been trickling in from regulators in the 34 states where the company sold plans for this year. Florida, Kansas and Massachusetts said Wednesday that the insurer will leave their exchanges for 2017, joining states including Texas, North Carolina and Maryland (see table below)." (Zachary Tracer, "UnitedHealth To Exit Obamacare In 22 States To Stem Losses," Bloomber g , 4/20/16)

Texas

Texas Will No Longer Offer UnitedHealth Plans On Their Exchange. "UnitedHealth hasn't listed the markets it's leaving, and confirmations of the withdrawals have been trickling in from regulators in the 34 states where the company sold plans for this year. Florida, Kansas and Massachusetts said Wednesday that the insurer will leave their exchanges for 2017, joining states including Texas, North Carolina and Maryland (see table below)." (Zachary Tracer, "UnitedHealth To Exit Obamacare In 22 States To Stem Losses," Bloomberg , 4/20/16)

Maryland

Maryland Will Lose UnitedHealth's Participation In Their Marketplace For 2017. "UnitedHealth hasn't listed the markets it's leaving, and confirmations of the withdrawals have been trickling in from regulators in the 34 states where the company sold plans for this year. Florida, Kansas and Massachusetts said Wednesday that the insurer will leave their exchanges for 2017, joining states including Texas, North Carolina and Maryland (see table below)." (Zachary Tracer, "UnitedHealth To Exit Obamacare In 22 States To Stem Losses," Bloomberg , 4/20/16)

Missouri

Missouri's Exchange Will No Longer Offer UnitedHealth Plans. "To shore up its bottom line, UnitedHealth Group Inc. plans to stop selling next year individual medical insurance plans in Missouri, including those offered through the federal government's health insurance exchange." (Samantha Liss, "UnitedHealth To Drop Individual Health Plans In Missouri," St. Louis Post-Dispatch , 4/20/16)

Nebraska

Nebraska Joins The List Of States No Longer Selling UnitedHealth Plans For 2017. "Nebraska is one of the states where UnitedHealth Group no longer plans to sell individual health insurance policies as part of the government marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act." (Matt Olberding, "UnitedHealth pulling out of ACA market in Nebraska," Lincoln Journal Star , 4/20/16)

Washington

Washington Will Also Lose UnitedHealth Plans On Their Exchange In 2017. "In Washington state, UnitedHealth was a relatively small player in the individual market, with less than 2 percent of enrollment, according to Pam MacEwan, CEO of the state's health insurance marketplace. Yet the company's exit from the small business exchange would leave that market without a carrier that offers coverage across the state, MacEwan said in a memo to board members of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange." (Zachary Tracer, "UnitedHealth To Exit Obamacare In 22 States To Stem Losses," Bloomberg , 4/20/16)

Indiana

UnitedHealth Plans To Leave The ObamaCare Exchange In Indiana. "UnitedHealth plans to exit Indiana individual & small group, including Obamacare exchange. That's 23 states." (Zachary Tracer, Twitter Feed, 4/21/16)

Mississippi

UnitedHealth Will Exit The Mississippi Exchange. “UnitedHealthcare will depart the Mississippi insurance exchange at the end of the year, leaving the state with only two insurers, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said Tuesday.” (Jack Weatherly, “UnitedHealthcare Pulling Out Of ACA Exchanges In Mississippi, Other States,” Mississippi Business Journal, 4/21/16)

Iowa

Iowa Will No Longer Offer United Health Plans On Their Obamacare Marketplace, Starting In 2017. “UnitedHealth’s exits from the state Obamacare markets threatens to limit the number of options for consumers when they shop for coverage for next year. In addition to Kentucky, Iowa’s insurance regulator said Monday that the company is quitting the state’s individual market and small-business exchange for 2017. In both states, UnitedHealth will continue to offer small-business plans off the exchange.” (Zachary Tracer, “UnitedHealth Quits More Obamacare Markets, Exiting Kentucky,” Bloomberg, 4/25/16)

Kentucky

UnitedHealth Will Exit The Kentucky Marketplace For 2017. “UnitedHealth Group Inc. will pull out of Kentucky’s individual marketplace for Obamacare plans, bringing to 26 the number of states the health insurer is quitting next year.” (Zachary Tracer, “UnitedHealth Quits More Obamacare Markets, Exiting Kentucky,” Bloomberg, 4/25/16)


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