Insurer’s demise raises concerns about Ohioans’ coverage

COLUMBUS (AP) — Health care advocates and a Republican U.S. senator are raising concerns that nearly 22,000 Ohioans could end up paying much more for health care after the state took over their struggling insurer.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman asked in a Thursday letter to federal officials if InHealth Mutual policyholders will have to satisfy new insurance deductibles if they switch plans even if they already paid hundreds of dollars this year with the financially troubled carrier.

A judge last month allowed Ohio’s insurance department to take over the suburban Columbus-based Coordinated Health Mutual Inc., an insurance co-op organized under the Affordable Care Act that sold the policies under its InHealth brand.

Advocates are calling on Ohio insurers who pick up InHealth members to credit any medical expenses already incurred toward their new deductibles.