Blue Cross Blue Shield move leaves major medical hole in Columbus – Alabama News

Blue Cross Blue Shield move leaves major medical hole in Columbus – Alabama News

A decision by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia to pull out of all but 85 of the state’s 159 counties in 2018 looks to have a major impact on Columbus-area residents who aren’t on company-sponsored or Medicare coverage plans.

The Atlanta-based health and medical insurer made the announcement Monday that it will neither be offering Affordable Care Act exchange coverage nor market-rate coverage to individuals off the federally subsidized exchange next year in Muscogee, Chattahoochee and Harris counties. Those people with company-sponsored and Medicare health plans that now offer Blue Cross will remain in those plans, it said.

(Blue Cross has ‘no immediate plans for changes’ in Columbus workforce)

In an agreement with the Georgia Department of Insurance, the insurer did agree to offer both on-exchange and off-exchange coverage to individuals primarily in rural counties that would have no insurance carrier otherwise. There are 85 counties in that group, including Troup and Meriwether counties just north of Columbus.

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