Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

Here’s a consumer alert from Floyd Medical Center – if you purchase health care coverage via the Affordable Care Act Marketplace, also known as “The Exchange”, you are limited to one plan if you want to receive care at most of Floyd’s locations in 2019.

According to an FMC release, recent changes in the market have limited the number of health care Marketplace insurers in Floyd, Chattooga and Polk Counties to only two options.  Of those two, only Alliant SoloCare has opted to have Floyd Medical Center, Floyd Primary Care, Floyd Urgent Care and Willowbrooke in their network for the coming year.

This alert is particularly important for women who plan to give birth in 2019 and wish to have their baby at Floyd Medical Center, says Greg Polley, Vice President.  Expectant parents or those who plan to have a baby next year need to choose an Alliant SoloCare health plan on the Marketplace to ensure their hospital obstetrical services are covered.

If there is any chance that you will need emergency care, surgery, urgent care, or even a visit to a Floyd Primary Care physician next year, you should also take your Exchange insurance selection into careful consideration.

Polley attests, “It is unfortunate that there is only one option on the Exchange that is in network at Floyd Medical Center, Floyd Primary Care and Willowbrooke at Floyd.  It is also unfortunate that Floyd is unable to affect this decision.”

The deadline to sign up for health insurance in the federal Marketplace is set for December 15th.  Individuals who need to purchase insurance or change a decision in the Health Care Marketplace should call 1-800-318-2596 or visit  Consumers should also note that a change in network coverage is not considered a qualifying life event that merits changing plans after January 1st.


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