According to Kaiser Health News, “Officials in at least a half dozen states are pushing back against health plans in the new insurance markets that limit choice of doctors and hospitals in a bid to control medical costs.
They’re facing regulatory action, possible legislation, and in at least one case involving a high-profile children’s hospital, litigation.
The pushback against “narrow” provider networks recalls the backlash against managed care and health maintenance organizations in the 1990s. Protests from consumers and hospitals eroded those attempts to restrain expenses by narrowing provider networks.”
Where is this latest round in the ObamaCare Merry-Go-Round (perhaps Cherry-Go- Round is more appropriate since health plans are cherry-picking providers) going?
Probably to higher premiums for all. If unlimited choice to the best and more expensive prevails, higher premiums will inevitably follow.
Tweet: Consumers are reacting negatively to health plan narrowing and exclusion from top-notch hospitals and doctors, and regulators are being pressured to reverse the narrowing process.