Aetna insurance announced this week they are withdrawing from Nebraska’s health exchange. Bruce Ramge is the director of the Nebraska State Department of Insurance and says that leaves only Medica and right now they are reevaluating all of their plans in every state. He is hoping they remain on the marketplace.
Ramge says, “If there are no companies on the exchange there would really be no way to way to access those premium subsidies so that is a major concern. We are really hoping that does not happen.”
Ramge says if Medica pulls out there are options for people to secure health insource but it would be through the private sector. He says one would be short term medical plans or supplemental plans. The state does have a comprehensive health insurance pool but that is very expensive. They should know who will be on the exchange by June 15th.
Ramge also reminds customers of Aetna their withdrawal will only impact customers who purchased insurance through the marketplace. This will not impact those who have coverage through their employer or use Aetna as a supplemental through Medicare. Customers that will be impacted should receive a letter sometime in June. They will have coverage through the remainder of 2017.