Less competition, but options still available in state health care marketplace

Medica is expanding its health insurance offerings in Wisconsin next year to include three counties that were previously projected to have only one insurer on Healthcare.gov.

The announcement is the latest sign that though Wisconsin’s individual health care marketplace may be less competitive next year, the state’s consumers will still have options to pick from in the federal exchanges.

Two insurers, Anthem and Health Tradition Health Plan, announced last month they would exit the Wisconsin marketplace in 2018. But no other insurer in Wisconsin has followed suit.

The Trump administration projected those two exits would leave six Wisconsin counties with only one insurer offering plans next year.

But Medica announced it would begin offering Healthcare. gov plans in three of those counties: Buffalo, La Crosse and Pepin.

The other three counties on the Trump administration’s list were Rusk, Kewaunee and Menominee.

Insurers faced a July 17 deadline to file requests with the state Office of Commissioner of Insurance, indicating whether they’re staying on the Healthcare.gov marketplace and how much they would like to increase their premiums by.

OCI, which reviews the premium requests from insurers, is planning on making that preliminary information public until Aug. 1.

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