Thursday, August 18, 2016

#PinalCountyMatters -- August 18, 2016

You might see this on Jeopardy this week or next week:

The category: ObamaCare.

The answer: Pinal County, Arizona.

The question: What is (and always start your "answer" with a "what is") the first US county to be offered absolutely no insurance coverage under ObamaCare?

Pinal County: Pinal County is a county located in the central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. It is immediately south and southeast of Phoenix and Scottsdale. As of the 2010 census, the population was 375,770, making it the third-most populous county in Arizona. The county seat is Florence.

From 12NewsNBC:
PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Pinal County could become the first county in the United States to lose Affordable Care Act coverage after Aetna's announcement that it's pulling out of Arizona.
Aetna's withdrawal follows the exit of UnitedHealthcare and Humana from Arizona. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Health Net announced in June they would end coverage in Maricopa and Pinal counties.
The mass exit by the health insurers, all citing financial losses, will force tens of thousands of Arizonans to look for new coverage next year from a dwindling pool of providers. Several rural counties have just one health insurance option on the Obamacare marketplace next year.
Maricopa County is a county located in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Arizona, and encompasses Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Mesa. As of the 2010 census, its population was 3,817,117, making it the most populous county in the state, and the fourth-most populous in the United States.

The tea leaves suggest we have reached a tipping point regarding ObamaCare. I now track these stories at a link at the sidebar at the right.

The next question: snowbirds from North Dakota with BC/BS, are they covered by their insurance when in Phoenix for six-to-nine months every year? 

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