- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware is seeking a rate increase of 33.6 percent for covering individuals under the Affordable Care Act.

State insurance regulators said Wednesday that the requested rate increase assumes that current cost-sharing subsidies and a federal mandate requiring people to have health insurance will not be in place next year.

Highmark’s rate request comes after Aetna, which covers almost 12,000 Delawareans under the ACA, announced last month that it is pulling out of Delaware health insurance exchange.

Aetna’s decision leaves Highmark, which has most of the individual market share in Delaware, as the only insurer providing coverage on the state’s health insurance exchange.

Regulators last year approved average rate increases in the individual market of 32.5 percent for Highmark and about 23 percent for Aetna.

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