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O-Care Enrollees Can’t Find ‘In Network’ Doctors

From the Los Angeles Times:

Obamacare enrollees hit snags at doctor’s offices

By Chad Terhune | February 4, 2014

… A month into the most sweeping changes to healthcare in half a century, people are having trouble finding doctors at all, getting faulty information on which ones are covered and receiving little help from insurers swamped by new business.

Experts have warned for months that the logjam was inevitable. But the extent of the problems is taking by surprise many patients — and even doctors — as frustrations mount.

If any experts warned us about this, our news media ignored them. But now we hear about this when it is too late to change the ‘law of the land.’

Aliso Viejo resident Danielle Nelson said Anthem Blue Cross promised half a dozen times that her oncologists would be covered under her new policy. She was diagnosed last year with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and discovered a suspicious lump near her jaw in early January. But when she went to her oncologist’s office, she promptly encountered a bright orange sign saying that Covered California plans are not accepted.

"I’m a complete fan of the Affordable Care Act, but now I can’t sleep at night," Nelson said. "I can’t imagine this is how President Obama wanted it to happen." …

How sad this way of thinking is. ‘If only Obama knew. He’d fix everything.’

To hold down premiums under the healthcare law, major insurers have sharply cut the number of doctors and hospitals available to patients in the state’s new health insurance market. Now those limited options are becoming clearer, and California officials say they are receiving more consumer complaints about access to medical providers…

Which we and others predicted. But we were mocked and derided.

Nationwide, about 70% of new insurance plans under the healthcare law feature relatively narrow hospital networks compared with many existing plans, according to consulting firm McKinsey & Co.

Health policy experts and some consumer advocates say the trade-offs may pay off. Despite some consumer complaints, the exclusion of some higher-priced hospitals such as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from nearly all exchange plans is a positive sign, they say…

Sure it will ‘pay off’. Why should the Hollywood elite have to rub shoulders with the unwashed masses?

Scott Marshutz of Dana Point said he picked a Blue Shield PPO plan in the exchange so he and his wife would have greater choice of doctors. But when he booked an appointment recently with his orthopedic surgeon, the doctor’s office said it wasn’t taking Covered California plans.

"I’m wondering how many other people have experienced this," he said, "and if it will backfire on the whole system."

Why is he surprised? The news media warned us. — No, wait a minute. They didn’t. Not once. In fact, we were told just the opposite.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 6th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “O-Care Enrollees Can’t Find ‘In Network’ Doctors”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    The only solution .. and I mean only solution for the Big Government Believers now that they’ve cracked the walls of sensibility .. is to take it all the way and wage actual war on the American people so they can install a real tyranny.

    There’s no going back. They’ve taken the fatal step. It’s now all the way or watch their house of cards completely collapse.

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