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Aetna drops out of Nebraska ACA

Aetna drops out of Nebraska ACA

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Aetna insurance announced Wednesday it is no longer providing coverage to those covered by the Nebraska Insurance Exchange. The state's two largest insurers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and UnitedHealthcare, both dropped out in 2016.

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry released the following statement after the announcement: 

“I am deeply concerned about Aetna leaving the Nebraska insurance exchange. This means that people who purchase their own insurance only have one insurer to cover them and fewer plans to choose from. The healthcare exchange is broken and needs repair.”

Senator Deb Fischer also released the following:

“Today’s news on Aetna means fewer choices and likely higher costs for families across Nebraska. It’s further proof that Obamacare is simply unsustainable. It also underscores the importance of Congress continuing its work to ensure all Americans can access the compassionate, patient-centered, and affordable health care they deserve.”

Congressman Adrian Smith also released the following statement: 

“Nebraskans will now only have one insurer on the exchange, forcing them into a monopoly situation,” Smith said.  “When consumers do not have choices, costs go up and quality suffers.  The brokenness of Obamacare continues to become more and more evident, while Nebraskans shoulder the consequences. 

“This is why we took action in the House last week to move forward with repealing and replacing Obamacare.  We cannot sit by and allow our country’s health insurance marketplace to collapse under this unsustainable law.”

Representative Don Bacon issued the following statement:

"The rescue mission to save health care for Nebraskans just became mission critical with the announcement by Aetna that they would not be offering on -or off -exchange individual plans in Nebraska. This move by Aetna can be placed squarely on the structural issues with the current marketplace that have led to carriers leaving and co-ops failing. How can we expect Americans to have any faith in the ACA, which is imploding at an even faster pace than originally anticipated? We must act now to save healthcare for Americans. The AHCA is the first step in doing just that. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act quickly."

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