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United Health Leaving California Individual Market

Following Aetna's announced withdrawal from the California individual & family market, United Health has announced that it plans to leave the California market on 12/31/13.

(see LA Times article)

Approximately 8,000 members will be effected by this withdrawal and have to purchase new, Obamacare-compliant health coverage from one of the remaining health insurers in 2014.

Unlike Aetna which sold individual & family health plans in California under it's company brand, United Health has not sold branded coverage plans to the California individual & family market. Instead they have sold through two subsidiary carriers--PacifiCare and Golden Rule. 

In any case, both Aetna and United Health cannot re-enter the California individual health market for five years once they withdraw.



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