Humana to Pull Out of ACA Exchanges
Humana announced on Feb. 14 that it would no longer offer health insurance coverage in the state marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), becoming the first major insurer to stop selling individual plans on the public exchanges for 2018. Humana’s announcement came hours after the insurer and Aetna said they would drop their $37 billion merger bid. Meanwhile, several major insurers have said they cannot begin to decide whether to offer coverage next year until the government clarifies how, and if, it intends to revise rules.
Humana’s decision could be a sign of “things to come,” says Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown University who has pointed out the lack of clarity from Congress and the Trump administration.
Meanwhile, House Republican leaders say they are working carefully to dismantle the ACA as the party continues its struggle to find a replacement that could pass Congress. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Feb. 14 that GOP lawmakers are “taking a step-by-step approach,” speaking after the House Freedom Caucus unanimously agreed to insist on a fresh vote on a bill to reverse much of the ACA. Leaders of the caucus, whose roughly 40 members are among the House’s staunchest conservatives, said they also want a simultaneous vote on a GOP package replacing that law.