Anthem to leave Nevada's Obamacare exchange in 2018

Source: Washington Examiner | August 7, 2017 | Robert King

Anthem will not sell insurance plans in Obamacare’s exchange in Nevada next year, as it becomes the latest insurer to defect from the law’s marketplace.

Anthem’s decision, announced by Nevada’s insurance regulator Monday, comes as insurers are starting to set their rates and participation in Obamacare’s exchanges for next year. Congress is aiming to create a bipartisan deal to boost the individual market, which includes the law’s exchanges, by the end of September.

Anthem was proposing a stiff increase in premiums of 62 percent in 2018. That rate hike didn’t reflect the possible elimination of cost-sharing reduction payments to reimburse insurers for reducing out-of-pocket costs for low-income Obamacare customers.

The White House has not decided if it wants to continue the payments for 2018. Congress will attempt a bipartisan solution on the payments when it returns next month.

Anthem said last month it would retreat from 14 counties in Nevada next year, leaving residents in those counties without an insurer.

Anthem is now deciding to not offer plans in the three remaining counties where it offered plans this year.

Anthem previously announced it is leaving Obamacare exchanges in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio.

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