UnitedHealthcare to providers: Expect more members as Bright, Friday Health exit ACA markets

UnitedHealthcare is preparing for more members to join its ACA plans after Bright Health and Friday Health Plans have exited individual insurance markets in several states. 

Bright Health, which has faced numerous financial challenges in 2022, said in April it will exit the individual markets in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. 

Friday pulled out of ACA exchange markets in Texas after insurance regulators in the state asked it to leave following operational challenges. 

In a message to providers sent Nov. 18, UnitedHealthcare said they could see more patients if members affected by the exits choose to switch to, or are automatically enrolled in, UnitedHealthcare plans. 

In the message, the payer said it is working on a "smooth transition" for everyone.

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