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Anthem leaving Virginia's individual ACA exchange

Anthem Inc. is withdrawing from the Virginia individual Affordable Care Act exchange market in 2018, the company announced in a news release.

The company will only offer off-exchange plans in Washington and Scott counties, as well as in the city of Bristol, in 2018.

Anthem cited uncertainty about the cost-sharing reductions as well as federal operations, rules and guidance and the restoration of taxes on fully insured coverage as reasons for its withdrawals.

The company's reasoning is identical to other withdrawal announcements in Nevada, Georgia, California, Wisconsin and Indiana.

The decision does not affect members who have employer-based insurance or individuals enrolled in plans purchased before March 2010, or those enrolled in Medicaid or Medicare plans.