Premiums for 2021 will be relatively flat for Ohioans who buy health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace and more counties in Ohio will have more options to chose from this open enrollment period as well.

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Open enrollment starts Nov. 1 for 2021 marketplace insurance.

Open enrollment begins on Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15. About 196,800 Ohioans bought their insurance through the marketplace for 2020.


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“Unfortunately, due to COVID-19′s impact on Ohio employers and communities, we expect to see increased demand for affordable individual health insurance plans, including on and off-exchange health plans,” said Jeff Blunt, local spokesman for Anthem.

He said Anthem is offering marketplace health plans in 76 of Ohio’s 88 counties in 2021 and in the Miami Valley, this includes new Anthem marketplace health plan offerings in Montgomery, Miami, Preble, Clark, Darke and Greene counties. This represents an increase from 48 counties this year, and during the instability of the exchange during open enrollment for 2018, Anthem briefly left the marketplace in Ohio altogether.

Anthem isn’t the only insurer expanding its 2021 offerings in Ohio.

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For next year, all counties will have at least two insurers and all but 10 counties will have three or more insurers, via the same 10 insurance companies who sold in Ohio last year, according to the Ohio Department of Insurance.

This means many counties will have more options this open enrollment season compared to last open enrollment season. While the department also approved 10 companies to sell on the exchange in 2020, 29 counties had two insurers, and one county had only one insurer.

Ohio Department of Insurance stated that “premiums

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 29, 2020  /PRNewswire/ — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC), the region’s largest healthcare insurance provider, announced today its plan to offer individual Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans for 2021. Blue KC’s portfolio of affordable products and convenient services will enhance options for those seeking coverage, especially with the offering of Spira Care in the five metro counties (Clay, Platte, Jackson, Johnson and Wyandotte), their behavioral health initiative Mindful by Blue KC, and unmatched customer service.

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  • Spira Care Centers are conveniently located throughout the metro and offer empathetic and hands-on care delivery for those living in the five-county metro. Spira Care is primary care under one roof, including quality doctors, behavioral health consultants, disease prevention, member education and more, focusing on your overall health and well-being. Those outside of the five counties where Spira Care is offered will have access to Blue KC’s trusted, extensive provider network and award-winning customer service — and the variety of plan options that offer highly competitive benefits and services to meet their healthcare needs.
  • Mindful by Blue KC is a commitment to covering the health needs of the whole person. For Blue KC members, it is a set of tools and resources to address stress, depression, anxiety, substance use and more. This ensures people can access and afford the behavioral healthcare they need. Mindful Advocates are licensed behavioral health clinicians acting as a front door to match members to providers and guide care plans — a single point of contact for a variety of behavioral health services.
  • Customer service sets Blue KC apart from others. Members ranked Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) number one in Overall Customer Satisfaction among health plans in the Heartland,