The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has revealed that 1,332 counties across the United States will have only one health insurance provider by 2018, while 49 will have a big fat zero.
"The map currently shows that nationwide 49 counties are projected to have no issuers, meaning that Americans in these counties could be without coverage on the Exchanges in 2018," a CMS press release states. "It's also projected that 1,332 counties—over 40 percent of counties nationwide—could only have one issuer in 2018."
That means over 2.3 million Americans could go without coverage. In the counties projected to have no insurance provisions next year, nearly 30,000 Americans who are currently enrolled will lose coverage. But apparently, those numbers are small enough for Democrats. Somebody’s got to sacrifice, right? And here’s the real kicker: Because of the mandate built into the Affordable Care Act, those living in counties that don’t offer insurance will still be forced to pay, as CNS News reports.
CMS administrator Seema Verma added, “We continue to see a decline in issuer participation in the Health Insurance Exchanges leaving consumers with fewer and fewer insurance options. I am deeply concerned about the crisis situation facing the individual market in many states across the nation.”
Since 2015, insurance company participation in the exchanges has declined by over 30% while average premiums rose nearly 22%.