Feb 092014
 

ObamaCare Exchange Enrollees Continue To Suffer Roadblocks As They Attempt To Access Care. “After overcoming website glitches and long waits to get ObamaCare, some patients are now running into frustrating new roadblocks at the doctor’s office. A month into the most sweeping changes to health care 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.” (Chad Terhune, “ObamaCare Enrollees Hit Snags At Doctor’s Officies,” Los Angeles Times, 2/4/14)

After Being Reassured That Her Oncologist Was Covered In A Plan She Chose On California’s ObamaCare Exchange, A California Woman Found Out Her Doctor Didn’t Accept The Plan She Chose. “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.” (Chad Terhune, “ObamaCare Enrollees Hit Snags At Doctor’s Officies,” Los Angeles Times, 2/4/14)

After Signing Up For Coverage, A Woman Had Trouble Finding A Specialist After Four  Specialists Refused To Accept Her Plan Purchased On The California Exchange. “Maria Berumen, a tax preparer in Downey, was uninsured for years because of preexisting conditions. The 53-year-old was thrilled to find coverage for herself and her husband for $148 a month after qualifying for a big government subsidy. She jumped at the chance in early January to visit a primary-care doctor for long-running numbness in her arm and shoulder as a result of bone spurs on her spine. The doctor referred her to a specialist, and problems ensued. At least four doctors wouldn’t accept her health plan — even though the state exchange website and her insurer, Health Net Inc., list them as part of her HMO network.” (Chad Terhune, “ObamaCare Enrollees Hit Snags At Doctor’s Officies,” Los Angeles Times, 2/4/14)

  • The Woman Called Her Health Plan’s Provider Network “A Phantom Network.” “‘It’s a phantom network,’ Berumen said.” (Chad Terhune, “ObamaCare Enrollees Hit Snags At Doctor’s Officies,” Los Angeles Times, 2/4/14)

After Enrolling In A Covered California Plan That Offered A Large Provider Network, A Man Found Out That He Could No Longer Access His Family’s Orthopedic Surgeon. “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.” (Chad Terhune, “ObamaCare Enrollees Hit Snags At Doctor’s Officies,” Los Angeles Times, 2/4/14)

  • On Losing His Family’s Surgeon: The Issue Could “Backfire On The Whole System.” “‘I’m wondering how many other people have experienced this,’ he said, ‘and if it will backfire on the whole system.’” (Chad Terhune, “ObamaCare Enrollees Hit Snags At Doctor’s Officies,” Los Angeles Times, 2/4/14)

 

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