Ne­braska re­tains one in­surer for its ex­changes in 2018

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Med­ica last week said it will of­fer plans on Ne­braska’s ex­changes statewide in 2018.

The Min­netonka, Minn.-based in­surer was one of only two com­pa­nies of­fer­ing health plans on Ne­braska’s health in­surance ex­change in 2017. Aetna pre­vi­ously an­nounced it will pull out of Ne­braska and three other states in 2018, though it will start par­tic­i­pat­ing in Ne­vada’s ex­change.

Med­ica has seen its Ne­braska pres­ence grow over the past year with en­roll­ment in­creas­ing more than five-fold since 2016, from 6,276 to 35,553 by Fe­bru­ary.

The in­surer also of­fers health plans in Iowa, Min­nesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wis­con­sin, as well as na­tional net­work cov­er­age for em­ploy­ers whose em­ploy­ees are out­side Med­ica’s re­gional net­work.

Med­ica is the sole health plan con­sid­er­ing stick­ing with Iowa’s in­surance ex­change statewide, af­ter Aetna and Well­mark Blue Cross and Blue Shield an­nounced their ex­its. Med­ica, too, has warned that it may have to bail on the state.

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