Health insurer Humana to leave Obamacare marketplaces in 2018

Health insurer Humana to leave Obamacare marketplaces in 2018

Amid Republicans’ push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurer Humana Inc. has declared that it will stop selling health insurance plans under Obamacare sometime next year.

Humana, the first major U.S. insurer to pull back totally amid the mounting uncertainty over the Republicans’ undefined healthcare plans, attributed its decision to increasing losses caused by its sicker-than-expected consumers it insured under Obamacare.

The decision will affect thousands of customers in around a dozen states. However, some analysts say that its withdrawal will not make any significant affect as serves only a small fraction of customers under the Obamacare system, which is expected to serves nearly 11 million individuals this year.

Gerald Kominski, the director of the Center for Health Policy Research at UCLA, said, “They were never deeply committed to this market.”

Humana serves nearly 150,000 people in 11 states. All these customers will thus have to switch insurers in 2018 or lose health insurance.

While Humana is not a major player in the Obamacare system, its withdrawal will definitely affect many customers in some parts of the nation, including Tennessee – one the shakiest markets. The Louisville, Ky.-based insurer’s exit will leave no insurer in at least 16 Tennessee counties next year.