Nebraska running out of individual health plans, 100,000 may be left uninsured

Posted at 1:33 PM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 14:33:57-04

After Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska announced it would drop its last two individual health plans Thursday, there is now only one choice for Nebraskans to go to for individual health insurance next year.

And that company, Medica Health, has yet to decide whether or not they would offer plans that met the standards of the Affordable Care Act. If Medica does not keep plans in 2018, close to 100,000 people (those without government or employer-sponsored plans) would be left uninsured.

The health insurance companies have dropped because they are losing millions of dollars in the individual marketplace.

Last month, Aetna Health, which previously covered 50,000 Nebraskans, announced it would no longer offer individual health plans.

Medica currently insures 36,000 in the state.