Obamacare just got some good news in a critical state

Ohio once had 20 counties without any health plans available on the Obamacare exchanges.

On Monday, the state said that number is down to just one.

It's a positive development for Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, at a time when the future of the law remains uncertain. For the thousands of people in those counties who rely on the exchanges, this means they can now purchase a health insurance plan in 2018.

The counties cover 11,000 Ohio residents who purchase their insurance through the exchanges, as opposed to getting their coverage through their employer, Medicare, or Medicaid.

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Republicans who voted 'No' on repeal of Obamacare
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Republicans who voted 'No' on repeal of Obamacare

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine

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Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK

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Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Texas

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Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV

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Senator John McCain, R-Ariz.

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Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio

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Paulding County, in northwest Ohio, is now the only county in the state doesn't have a health plan available through the exchanges.

"There is more work to do as we try to secure coverage options in Paulding County while also making sure this plan can be finalized in the fall," Ohio Department of Insurance director Jillian Froment said in a news release. "We will continue working with the industry, but those efforts are heavily dependent on market stability and clarity from Washington. We encourage Congress to work on ways to stabilize our health insurance markets."

Early Friday morning, the Senate failed to pass a Republican healthcare plan. Following the vote Friday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that Republicans should "let ObamaCare implode, then deal."

The Trump administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services, could choose not to enforce key parts, including not paying to offset costs for insurance companies. That could lead to the law's dissolution.

Health insurers have until late September to finalize their coverage areas.

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Health Rankings: Bottom 15 states

36. Florida

Overall score: -0.307

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37. Missouri

Overall score: -0.338

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38. New Mexico

Overall score: -0.363

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39. Indiana

Overall score: -0.372

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40. Ohio

Overall score: -0.391

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41. Georgia

Overall score: -0.464

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42. South Carolina

Overall score: -0.531

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43. West Virginia

Overall score: -0.595

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44. Tennessee

Overall score: -0.626

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45. Kentucky

Overall score: -0.651

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46. Oklahoma

Overall score: -0.691

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47. Alabama

Overall score: -0.793

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48. Arkansas

Overall score: -0.834

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49. Louisiana

Overall score: -1.043

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50. Mississippi

Overall score: -1.123

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