The outlook for 2017 is one that is very uncertain for individuals in NC who purchase their own insurance. United Health Care announced in November of 2015 that they would not be back selling under 65 individual health insurance on the ACA Marketplace for 2017. Aetna is announcing they will be back in 2017 with some expanded counties. BCBSNC has filed rates for the 2017 plan year, but also announced they are still unsure if they are going to be returning. They have until September 23, 2016 to make a final decision.
What does that mean to me? If you are in a BCBSNC only county and they do not return, you will have no insurance options for 2017! This will affect over 50 counties in NC. It is still very unclear how this is finally going to play out in NC. Stay tuned for more news as we get closer to the 9/23 deadline.