The Nebraska Department of Insurance tried to keep Blue Cross Blue Shield from exiting the state’s Affordable Care Act marketplace.
Department director Bruce Ramge says he knew there was a possibility that Blue Cross could pull out of Nebraska.
“And we worked closely with Blue Cross and the federal government to see if there were any accommodations that could be made to help them come to a decision to stay on,” Ramge tells Nebraska Radio Network, “but ultimately this is their business decision, and I think they’ve explained that pretty well.”
The company says its Affordable Care Act experience in Nebraska will cost $140 million by the end of this year.
But Ramge says Blue Cross could come back to the state’s exchange in 2018, “and we would welcome that.”
Open enrollment for 2017 coverage begins November 1st with Aetna and Medica offering health plans here.
“So we really encourage people to go out there and look at what plans are available,” Ramge says, “and to look not only just at price, but also make sure that the doctors and hospitals that they prefer are in the plan’s network.”
If you need coverage beginning on January 1st, Ramge says you need to sign up by December 15th.