Half of Virginia Will Have Zero Options

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  1. dgoldenz
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    Optima was originally going to take over the counties that Anthem exited, now they changed their mind:

    After insurer departures, 70,000 Virginians will not be able to purchase health coverage in 2018 | Business | roanoke.com

     
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    This is on the IFPs, right? Presumably someone with a small business would still be able to get coverage or no?
     
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    This is only for IFP. A small business can get a group plan from multiple different carriers provided they have enough employees to make a group. In SC all you need is 2 full-time employees ... other states it can be different. Idk if VA allows 2man groups or not.
     
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    Word is they are asking for 81% or so rate increase in the areas where they will still operate. They lost enrollees last year to Anthem due to cost. I fear that those who have sticker shock will just drop coverage, those who can't do that will be in the spiral. How could things be much different for the very ill from the state pools that lost money. Some carriers are supporting "individual states making their own plans". Would like to see suggestions for that.
     
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    Well I guess Anthem is back....sort of:

     
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    Word on Twitter is that the VA Governor stepped in.
     
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    I still have not received any info on any plan offerings in Albemarle County as well as a number of others.
     
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    Any county/city with a Sentara hospital group facility in Virginia is to have coverage available through Optima, as I was informed. If an agent is not now appointed with Optima for individual plans, they won't have the ability to sell them. Agents currently appointed with Optima will be able to sell Optima plans. I believe Albemarle County (Charlottesville) is one of the Optima areas.
     
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    Yep! I have figured all of this out since my previous post. Maybe I'll go to Hawaii in November now.
     
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