With insurers leaving the marketplace, Ohio looks for answers

In the wake of Anthem's exit from Ohio's 2018 marketplace, a move that will leave over 10,000 residents throughout 18 counties without insurance options, state lawmakers want solutions to provide people with affordable healthcare, according to Governing.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has enacted regulations that threaten to end the Medicaid contracts of any providers that exit the private marketplace, similar to slightly less drastic provisions enacted in Nevada stabilized the market and left five providers in the state.

However, state officials in Ohio instead are exploring requesting a federal Medicaid waiver that would help residents buy plans. Though if cost-sharing reductions from the ACA are eliminated in the AHCA, plans may still be too expensive.

"I think states are trying, but the answers are really at the federal level," says Sandy Ahn, an associate research professor at Georgetown University's Center on Health Insurance Reforms.

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