Insurers fill gaps to end Ohio's Affordable Care Act crisis

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Monday, July 31, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WPVI) -- Ohio has a Republican governor (former Presidential candidate John Kasich).

And the state voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election by a margin for 400,000 votes.

But it is not following the President's urging to "let Obamacare collapse."

In fact, Bloomberg News reports that the state has found insurers to offer health plans conforming to the Affordable Care Act in 19 of 20 counties that had been at risk of having NO options for next year.

It is still seeking an insurer to cover Paulding County, the remaining county without coverage.

The Ohio Department of Insurance actually convinced 5 health insurers to expand in the state, despite the uncertain future for the A-C-A.

Those 5 are Medical Mutual of Ohio, Molina Healthcare, CareSource, Paramount HealthCare, and Buckeye HealthPlan.

Ohio's insurance picture looked bleak for the 11,000 people buying marketplace insurance in those counties in June when Anthem Inc. announced it was leaving the state,

The overall future is still unsettled, at a time when insurers need to be developing and finalizing plans for next year.

GOP plans to repeal, or repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have been defeated in the Senate.

The latest effort lost by a narrow margin in a surprise vote last week.

The ACA depends on private insurance companies to offer coverage, with the help of subsidies.

President Trump has threatened to "let the Obamacare implode," and to end payments to insurers which help cover plan costs for low-income people.