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December 18th, 2013
07:55 PM ET

Insurance companies dumping doctors

Chris Frates investigates claims that insurance companies are dumping doctors in response to the new health care law.

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  1. Susan D from Tampa

    Tell the other side of the story. I am a 78 year senior who decided to stay with regular Medicare so I can choose the doctors and hospitals I want. Instead of choosing Medicare Advantage, I chose a supplemental policy for which I pay $230 a month. Medicare has been paying 100% for me and the amount they pay insurers such as United Health for seniors who opted for Medicare Advantage was the last I heard 113%. The reduction of the amount now being paid for Medicare Advantage is to get the amount the government pays UHC and other Advantage insurers for each Medicare member closer to the 100% it pays for me. Seniors chose Advantage because it was cheaper and perhaps they got added benefits such as eye and dental coverage depending on what the carrier chose to cover. The extra 13% paid to the carrier covered the additional benefits. In Advantage you have to choose doctors in their network. I don't feel at all bad that seniors in Advantage plans now maybe will have to pay more to stay with their doctor of choice. For years they've paid less than I have, but I wanted that choice and was willing to pay for it. Now they have to too.

    Stop blaming this totally on Obamacare. The discrepancy between 100% and 113% should have been fixed long ago. Tell both sides of the story instead of adding one more horror story to Obamacare. Those seniors on Advantage have had it good – better than I have for years. Now it's caught up to them. Transfer to another doctor in the network. I had to change a doctor recently because mine retired. It's not the end of the world. My blood boils every time I've seen that segment. That's been their choice. Not the fault of big bad Obamacare. If they want to continue paying less choose another doctor in the UHC network. Stop blaming something else for your choice.

    December 19, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
    • Debi Llorens

      Good for you...You've said it better than anyone I know!

      December 20, 2013 at 2:32 am |
  2. Pastor Dennis

    Health insurance companies are like little kids- they LOST when the Affordable Care Act was put in place, now they are dumping great doctors to get back at our government for spite! They need to be taught a lesson in honesty~ Pastor Dennis

    December 19, 2013 at 8:26 am |
    • Beverly

      Are you serious? Do you really think that health insurance companies are in the business to get back at our government for spite? They are businesses trying to make money while insuring our fat, lazy American butts. Risk = higher premiums. As far as Obamacare and the so-called Affordable Care Act....do you really think that the government is going to force insurance companies to insure people they don't want to insure or force doctors and nurses to treat people for free? There is no free lunch and the handouts will be fewer for the taking because we simply cannot afford to subsidize healthcare. Those of us with jobs who are paying taxes are now in the minority behind those who are on Welfare. There will be no money to support these programs.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:03 am |

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