Centene, CareSource and Blue Cross Blue Shield all filled the gap in counties that would otherwise have no ACA option; they’re also the firms expected to see the most benefit. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Neither side thought it would happen after a year of turbulence and uncertainty under the Trump administration’s efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act. But insurers are actually anticipating a relatively popular year, even if they stuck to the ACA’s exchanges instead of bailing out.

A report in The Hill says that analysts and experts point to higher-than-expected enrollment, among other factors, as drivers of what could turn out to be a decent year for insurance companies.

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