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Blue Cross Blue Shield reduces coverage – offers plans in 85 Georgia counties

The Affordable Care Act is causing Blue Cross Blue Shield to offer less coverage in Georgia. There will not be only 85 counties offering individual health insurance coverage. Is your county on the list?

The Affordable Care Act continues to remain unstable in Georgia.

Anthem, a part of Blue Cross Blue Shield, decided they were pulling out of the individual health insurance market in Georgia.

On Monday, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, announced that they would only cover up to 85 counties in Georgia. According to Hudgens’ office, if Blue Cross Blue Shield would have pulled out of Georgia, many Georgians would have had to leave the area to find health insurance, find a new job, or not have any coverage.

Individuals with employer sponsored insurance will still have coverage. This new change only impacts the individual health insurance market.

According to a statement from Blue Cross Blue Shield, trying to provide coverage in Georgia continues to be uncertain and makes it difficult to provide individual health insurance plans statewide.

Below is a list of Georgia Counties with private health insurance providers –

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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