‘New Roadblocks At The Doctor’s Office’

Obamacare ‘Frustrations Mount’ Nationwide, As ‘People Are Having Trouble Finding Doctors At All’

 

MA Woman: ‘I Lost Coverage With Doctors In My Area. It's Not Right And It's Not Fair’

“…some patients are now running into frustrating new roadblocks at the doctor's office. …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.” (“Obamacare Enrollees Hit Snags At Doctor's Offices,” Los Angeles Times, 2/4/14)

KY Woman: I’ve ‘had really a panicked experience lately trying to figure out how my 10-year-old son can continue with his specialists’ “Rebecca Stewart had a chance to take her concerns about Obamacare directly to the top. … ‘I'm probably not the only one who has had really a panicked experience lately trying to figure out how my 10-year-old son can continue with his specialists,’ Stewart said. ‘I know I can't keep my plan, which I liked, but as I'm trying to decide what to do going forward, I've spent weeks, with days on the phone getting confidently delivered wrong answers, conflicting information, it's becoming quite obvious to me a lot of agencies, almost everyone I talk to, is having a lot of trouble figuring out the new rules.’” (“Covington Mother Grills Obama On Health Care,” The Cincinnati Enquirer, 2/4/14)

  • Rebecca Stewart: “I started to say, after the president answered my question, that I’ve already called the state of Kentucky, and I’ve already gone up the chain to a supervisor, and that’s really not my problem. What my problem is, is that the answer I get from the state of Kentucky differs from the answer I get from the hospital in question, which differs from my private insurer. So I did get a call, but I don’t have an answer.” (Fox News, 2/3/14)

CA Woman: Finds Obamacare ‘a phantom network’ “Maria Berumen, a tax preparer in Downey, was uninsured for years because of preexisting conditions. … 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. ‘It's a phantom network,’ Berumen said. It was no surprise to her family doctor, Ragaa Iskarous. She has run into this problem repeatedly with other patients in the last month, the doctor said. ‘This is really driving us crazy.’" (“Obamacare Enrollees Hit Snags At Doctor's Offices,” Los Angeles Times, 2/4/14)

TN Woman: “‘We have health insurance that is worthless,’ said customer Shawnna Simpson. Simpson found out last week the new insurance for which she is paying $600 a month was a bad choice for her family.” (“Some Finding Coverage Problems Under New Health Exchange, WSMV-TN, 1/27/14)

  • “Her 15-year-old daughter was hurt in a cheerleading accident, so Simpson called her family doctor only to learn they don't take her new health plan… Ever since, she's been on the phone with the healthcare exchange, looking for a family doctor in Williamson County that accepts her plan, but finding none. ‘We can't use it in the county where we live… Obamacare is not working. A lot of people that have the same issues we have and don't know it yet, until they try to use it,’ she said.” (“Some Finding Coverage Problems Under New Health Exchange, WSMV-TN, 1/27/14)

CA Woman: ‘longtime pediatrician’ for her sons ‘does not accept’ Obamacare plan “The biggest blow came last week, when she went to get influenza vaccines for her sons, Diego and Luca, only to be told by their longtime pediatrician that the private practice does not accept the government-mandated health insurance she picked. … Redamonti started calling around, only to find more and more doctors who said they won't accept Covered California.  Some said they would, only to reject it in person. ‘I don't even know if we have coverage here in Chico,’ she said.” (“Chico Family's Health Care Struggle Shows Unaffordable Side Of Covered California,” Chico Enterprise-Record, 1/25/14)

WA: “Administrator’s at Seattle Children’s today said they predicted this would happen and it’s even worse than they expected. Kids being denied specialty treatment at the hospital by insurance providers on the Washington Health Benefits exchange. Children’s filed requests on behalf of 125 of their patients. Of those they said they got only 20 responses, eight of which were denials.” (KING-WA, 1/31/14)

  • Dr. Melzer: “Well some of the patients who were denied… a two year old with a new significant neck mass that was being evaluated for infection or malignancy, an older child with a chronic severe medical condition requiring multi-disciplinary care here, a baby that had a skull abnormality.” (KING-WA, 1/31/14)

CA Woman: ‘I can't sleep at night’ “Aliso Viejo resident Danielle Nelson … 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.” (“Obamacare Enrollees Hit Snags At Doctor's Offices,” Los Angeles Times, 2/4/14)

SC Woman: Doctor ‘absolutely would not take’ Obamacare insurance Host: “Have you applied for insurance under the [Patient Protection and] Affordable Care Act? Your local provider may not accept your coverage.” … Lisa Bentley-Long: “I do not know what I’m going to do. I really don’t.” … Reporter: “Being self-employed she jumped at the change to sign up for an insurance plan on the healthcare.gov marketplace, a website created under the recent Affordable Care Act. She said she enrolled in the consumer’s choice plan. According to the website she qualified for it and it was available in the Spartanburg County area.  But she says that her doctor and a local county hospital wouldn’t accept the plan.” Long: “They absolutely would not take it, and there are several other doctors in Spartanburg that are the same way.” (WSPA-SC, 2/5/14)

MA Woman: ‘I lost coverage with doctors in my area. It's not right and it's not fair…The current federal government and their policies are detrimental to the health of my business and my family’ “Introducing Tisei was Erin Calvo Bacci, a Reading chocolatier and small business owner. Originally crippled by the cost of healthcare, Calvo Bacci obtained a plan with $80 monthly premiums for her family of five under the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Law. When the Affordable Care Act went into effect last year, her family was switched to a different plan with the same cost, but different doctors. ‘I lost coverage with doctors in my area. It's not right and it's not fair,’ Calvo Bacci said. ‘The current federal government and their policies are detrimental to the health of my business and my family.’” ("Tisei Renews Congressional Battle,” Wicked Local News [MA], 1/23/14)

TN Man: ‘Handed them my [Obamacare insurance] card, and the girl had this deer in the headlights look and said, “I'll be right back.”’ “Last year, Channel 4 News interviewed David Pearce, who was excited about enrolling in the healthcare exchange. Then, he showed up for his doctor's appointment last week. ‘Handed them my card, and the girl had this deer in the headlights look and said, “I'll be right back,” ’ Pierce said. It turns out his doctor in Murfreesboro doesn't accept [his plan]…” (“Some Finding Coverage Problems Under New Health Exchange, WSMV-TN, 1/27/14)

 

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