17 counties in the US won't have Obamacare plans next year — 14 of them are in Nevada
RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) —
Seventeen counties in the United States are at risk of having no health insurance providers on the Obamacare exchanges next year, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The vast majority of those counties are in Nevada.
Clark, Washoe and Nye counties will have just two options after Anthem announced Monday it would back out of the exchange, citing uncertainty at the federal level.
The remaining 14 rural counties are considered "bare" because not one insurance carrier has committed to offering a health insurance plan in those counties for the 2018 enrollment year.
News 4-Fox 11 asked Heather Korbulic, executive director of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, about the likelihood of the two remaining providers leaving Nevada too.
"I think every carrier across the country right now is nervous," Korbulic said.
"Our conversations with them and through the governor's office have been very largely positive, and I'm hopeful that we'll get some certainties and that they'll feel comfortable staying in Nevada's marketplace."
Health Plan of Nevada and Silver Summit Health Plan have to fully commit for next enrollment year by the end of September, Korbulic said.
Health Plan of Nevada proposed a 27 percent average rate increase for 2018. Silver Summit Health Plan will be a new provider.