Centene jumps into ACA market in Missouri, Kansas

Clayton-based Centene announced Tuesday that it would sell 2018 individual and small group health plans in Kansas and Missouri through the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.

Although Centene has not disclosed the counties in which it will sell plans, the insurer’s decision potentially fills the hole created when Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced it was pulling out of the ACA exchanges. Blue KC’s move left Kansas City’s core counties down to one ACA insurer and left 25 northwest Missouri counties without any.

Blue KC cited $100 million in losses on the exchange, as well as uncertainty surrounding Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. But in a news release Tuesday, Centene said it had been successful serving 1.2 million members on exchanges in other states, 90 percent of whom are eligible for federal subsidies based on income.

In addition to Missouri and Kansas, Cetene will also expand into the ACA market in Nevada. The company also said it would grow its existing business in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Texas and Washington.

Read more: Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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