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Blue Cross Blue Shield pulls out of multiple counties across state

The largest health insurance provider in Georgia, Blue Cross Blue Shield, will be stop individual coverage in 74 counties in the state beginning next year. / Jay Florence

The largest health insurance provider in Georgia, Blue Cross Blue Shield, will be stop individual coverage in 74 counties in the state beginning next year.

Blue Cross Blue Shield will be pulling out of Dougherty County and other Georgia counties.

Starting in January, Blue Cross Blue Shield will not be available for those in the individual market for many Georgia counties.

Georgia Deputy Insurance Commissioner Jay Florence said “We were able to convince them to continue offering coverage in every county where there was no other option. So in 2018 every Georgian will have at least one option to purchase insurance in the individual market.”

According to Florence, the reduction comes as a result of instability of health insurance nationwide.

Blue Cross Blue Shield’s move does not impact those with group coverage or people that get their health insurance through their company. It only affects those on the individual market.

Ambetter will be the only provider in Dougherty County for individual insurance, starting 2018.

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