Harken Health retreats from Chicago, Atlanta ACA exchanges

UnitedHealthcare subsidiary Harken Health is pulling out of 2017 Affordable Care Act exchanges in Illinois and Georgia, Chicago Tribune reports.

In Illinois, the exchange exit follows that of payers Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna, Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealthcare and Chicago-based Land of Lincoln Health co-op, which shuttered in July.

The only other area where Harken offered exchange plans is Atlanta, but the insurer will exit the exchange there in 2017.

Harken did not say how many people will be affected, according to the report. A recent rate filing with Illinois officials showed the insurer proposed rate increases affecting 22,845 individuals for next year.

In an emailed statement to Becker's Hospital Review, Harken said it "remains committed to our innovative model of insurance paired with access to relationship-based care and we look forward to continuing to offer plans to individuals and employers who purchase coverage outside of the exchange." 

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