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Rural Nevada to Lose Big Obamacare Insurer on Jan. 1

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017 08:47 PM

One of Nevada's three Obamacare insurance carriers said Wednesday it will put out of the exchange in January, citing spiraling costs and uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

Prominence Health Plan, which offers individual and family plans, told state officials it would leave the Obamacare exchange Jan. 1, The Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

The move affects about 8,000 residents in nearly all of Nevada's rural areas, including Douglas County, Washoe County, and Carson City.

The company, however, will continue selling small employer, large employer, and Medicare plans in the state.

"My administration is working diligently to identify solutions to ensure there is, at the very least, a safety net available to rural Nevada residents who will be left without any options for coverage in the wake of these devastating and unfortunate decisions," Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement to the Gazette-Journal.

"The reduced footprint of carriers on the exchange will leave more than 8,000 Nevadans with no coverage, and that is unacceptable."

The move – which will leave Nevada with two Obamacare carriers, and only Anthem in some of the rural counties – comes amid the debate in Washington over the Republican healthcare bill.

Nine Republican senators have come out against the proposal – and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky on Tuesday pulled the legislation from a planned floor vote this week.

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