As Congress struggles to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, a different, far less visible problem is playing out in state capitals and in health insurance offices across the country.
This is rate-setting season, the time of year health insurers must tell state and federal regulators how much they plan to charge for premiums, starting in January. The filing deadline for Ohio insurers is Monday, June 5.
Companies including Medical Mutual of Ohio, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Akron-based Summa and Canton-based AultCare have no firm idea how much to charge — and it’s not because of the healthcare bill stirring up so much dust among the public. Rather, it’s because of a political calculation by President Donald Trump over an arcane feature of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
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