Patrick Ishmael

Major news from Andy Marso at the Kansas City Star. Reportedly the move comes after the company experienced a $57 million loss on the exchange in 2016

As we have noted before, rural areas of Missouri were already severely underserved by the Obamacare exchanges, and the departure of Blue Cross Kansas City will leave dozens of counties with no Obamacare providers next year if nothing else changes. To give our readers a sense for what part of the state the insurer covered, BCBSKC's 2017 service map in the exchanges is below:

This may only be the first major insurer departure from Missouri that could happen this year. More on this story as it evolves.

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Patrick Ishmael

Patrick Ishmael is the director of government accountability at the Show-Me Institute.