Aetna exits Obamacare exchanges

Source: Washington Examiner | August 3, 2017 | Kimberly Leonard

Health insurer Aetna announced Thursday that it would completely withdraw from the Obamacare exchanges in 2018, after seeing its profits soar from reducing its participation this year.

The company said during an earnings call that it was withdrawing from the exchange in Nevada, the last state it had considered staying in. Aetna was leaving the possibility open because it was applying for a Medicaid managed care contract, and the state gives extra consideration to insurers that participate in both programs.

During its second-quarter earnings call on Thursday, however, Aetna said it was not moving forward with the recently awarded contract and would be leaving the exchange as well.

“Our 2018 participation was required based on a Medicaid contract with the state,” spokesman T.J. Crawford said in an email. “As a result of terminating that contract for unrelated reasons, we will not have a presence on the individual exchange in Nevada.”

Aetna notified state officials about its intent to no longer participate in the Medicaid managed care program in a letter sent July 1, citing low enrollment.

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