Paulding County, Ohio, Becomes Last In Nation To Find Insurer For Obamacare Exchange

Aug 24, 2017

The lone U.S. county currently at risk of going uncovered on the federal health law's insurance exchanges has landed an insurer.

The Associated Press has learned that CareSource will step up to provide health insurance coverage in Paulding County, Ohio, in 2018. The company and state Department of Insurance plan to announce the arrangement later Thursday.

The most recent national analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation identified Paulding, in northwest Ohio just south of Toledo, as the final county at risk of lacking a provider when 2018 signups begin Nov. 1.

According to the most recent U.S. Census, Paulding's population is 142,324.

Earlier this year, well over 40 mostly rural counties faced the prospect of having no options for their exchanges. Insurers who withdrew cited steep losses and uncertainly over the future of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. 

After the defeat of Obamacare replacements in the U.S. Senate, though, insurers returned to 19 other Ohio counties where no options existed.