Blue KC requests ‘flexibility’ from regulators amid Affordable Care Act uncertainty

A spokeswoman for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City said Monday the company has “requested flexibility” from the Kansas Insurance Department on a deadline to file plans to sell on the Affordable Care Act exchange next year.

The company’s decision not to file by Monday’s midnight deadline casts uncertainty on 2018 “Obamacare” coverage options for people in two eastern Kansas counties and 30 western Missouri counties.

“We are continuing to work closely with the departments of insurance in both Kansas and Missouri, as well as lawmakers at all levels to identify ways to stabilize the individual ACA market,” Blue KC spokeswoman Kelly Cannon said via email.

“As we’ve cited in the past, the continued instability of this market makes this decision-making process more complex. We expect to make a decision regarding our participation in the individual ACA market in the near future.”

When asked whether Blue KC had requested an extension, Cannon said, “We asked for flexibility due to the changing healthcare landscape.”

Large insurance companies have been looking at leaving the Affordable Care Act marketplaces amid financial losses and uncertainty about whether the Republican-led Congress and President Donald Trump will change the law.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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