AUGUSTA – Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield announced Wednesday that they will not sell individual insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act market in Maine in 2018. In the statement from Anthem, they cite a volatile market and changes and uncertainty in the federal government. Existing customers who purchased Anthem plans through the exchange can renew their current plan in 2018, but only off the exchange and without federal financial assistance. This change will not affect Medicare patients or those enrolled in employer-based insurance.

Speaker of the House Sara Gideon released the following statement:
“It is critical that all Maine people have access to quality, affordable health care. I am extremely disappointed by Anthem’s decision. I hope that this is a clear signal to all members of Congress and President Trump that we need stability and predictability, not to throw the entire industry into chaos every few months on political whims. The responsible course of action is to fix existing issues in the Affordable Care Act. I look forward to working with insurance companies, as well as Maine’s federal delegation, to ensure we see affordable health insurance options for Mainers in the future.”