Last of 81 ‘Bare’ Counties Lands an Obamacare Insurer

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Seven states had been scrambling to find insurers willing to sell Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance policies in 81 “bare” counties, and this week the sole remaining, unserviced county — Paulding in rural Ohio — found a suitor in CareSource.

The result is that there are no longer any areas of the United States where Obamacare policies won’t be available. The 81 “bare” counties had become so because their populations were generally older and sicker, so the insurance companies jettisoned them to save money.

Of course, there could still be defections before the insurers sign their ACA contracts in September, but for now, all U.S. counties will have health insurance providers when open enrollment commences in November.
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