Centene Corp. said in a news release that it will make plans for individuals available in 40 Missouri counties over the exchange established by the Affordable Care Act.
Without Centene, 25 counties in the state faced the possibility that no insurer would have offered health coverage policies for people who were either ineligible for Medicaid or Medicare or who could not buy coverage through an employer. The vast majority of people buying insurance on the exchanges are eligible for federal subsidies based on their incomes.
The announcement from the Clayton, Mo. health insurer came more than two weeks after the company pledged to expand in the state while other players pulled out of the markets or proposed premiums so high they might not have been eligible to sell policies in Missouri.