Sunday, October 09, 2016

We need 4 more years of the status quo.

Obamacare to limit access to doctors.

//Limited access to doctors and hospitals could become the norm for those buying individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act as insurers move rapidly to narrow medical care provider networks, a new analysis and recent insurer disclosures indicate.

The latest evidence comes from the University of Pennsylvania where researchers showed health plans with an “extra-small network had a monthly premium that was 6.7% less expensive than that of a plan with a large network.” Penn researchers looked at the popular low cost silver plans offered on public exchanges across the country in 2014 and more than 450,000 doctors participating in at least one network.

“Because the use of narrow networks is one of the last remaining strategies available to insurance companies to offer lower-cost plans on health insurance marketplaces, the success of coverage expansions could be tied to the successful implementation of narrow networks ,” Daniel Polsky, executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at University of Pennsylvania wrote with colleagues in the October issue of the journal Health Affairs.//

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