Every county in OH, and nation, will now have an Obamacare insurer

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The Ohio Department of Insurance on Thursday announced it had reached an agreement with CareSource to provide 2018 marketplace insurance coverage in Paulding County, which had been the only one in the state lacking a single available plan on the exchange next year.

Those with questions can call the Ohio Department of Insurance at 1-800-686-1526.

Ohio's insurance department confirms the lone county in the nation at risk of going without an insurer to offer care under the federal health law has landed a provider.

Almost seven dozen counties covering over 90,000 people had at some point faced the prospect of having zero options next year, fueling President Trump's claim the law was "imploding" and needed to be replaced. "There is a lot of uncertainty facing consumers when it comes to health insurance and these announcements will provide important relief".

Insurers don't have to sign contracts for next year until the end of September, meaning some could still decide not to participate.

Competition on the program is still weak.

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has been tracking the state of counties that were at risk of having no insurer in 2018 at some point since February 2017.

Insurers such CareSource and Centene Corp., which helped to fill more than half of the bald spots under Obamacare in 2018, are used to covering low-income populations through their Medicaid managed-care business. The size of the hikes will depend partly on whether President Donald Trump orders the government to stop making certain payments insurers expected under the ACA. "Our decision to offer coverage in the bare counties speaks to our mission and commitment to the Marketplace and serving those who are in need of health care coverage".

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