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The Doctor Can’t See You Now

- January 3, 2014

Due To ObamaCare Website Glitches And Delays By The Obama Administration, “Insurers Have Struggled To Process A Last-Minute Rush Of New Consumers Seeking Plans.” “Largely because of hitches in the rollout of the new federal insurance exchange, HealthCare.gov, the deadline for choosing Jan. 1 coverage through the site was delayed until Dec. 24. Insurers have struggled to process a last-minute rush of new consumers seeking plans, some of whom haven't begun paying premiums.” (Anna Wilde Mathews, Timothy W. Martin, And Christopher Weaver, “Consumers Hit Snags As Health Law Kicks In,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/2/14)

  • “Some Of The People Who Signed Up Won’t Be Covered When They Seek Treatment This Month.” “But insurers warn that, because of problems with the rollout of the new national health plan, some of the people who signed up won’t be covered when they seek treatment this month. It has left doctors, hospitals and pharmacies scrambling to figure out how to deal with patients who think they have insurance, but don’t.” (S.A. Miller, “Some ObamaCare Plans Slow To Kick In,” New York Post, 1/2/14)

Americans Are Finding Out That They Aren’t Signed Up For Coverage

Dr. John Venetos Of Chicago “Described ‘Tremendous Uncertainty And Anxiety’ Among Patients.” “Venetos, a Chicago digestive system specialist, described ‘tremendous uncertainty and anxiety’ among patients calling his office recently. Some thought they’d signed up for coverage but hadn’t received insurance cards yet. Others had insurance policies that were canceled and weren’t sure if their coverage had been reinstated after Gov. Pat Quinn decided to allow one-year extensions of canceled plans.” (“Doctor’s Office Spends 2 Hours On Hold With Insurer For Patient’s Surgery Authorization,” The Associated Press, 1/3/14)

A Pittsburgh Woman Found Out From Her Pharmacist That Despite Having A New Insurance Card, Her Enrollment File Could Not Be Found. “Tim Davis, who owns Beaver Health Mart Pharmacy and two other drugstores northwest of Pittsburgh, said one customer who came in Thursday with a card for a new plan couldn't be found in the system, but the pharmacy gave her a week's worth of the prescription to tide her over.” (Anna Wilde Mathews, Timothy W. Martin, And Christopher Weaver, “Consumers Hit Snags As Health Law Kicks In,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/2/14)

  • Other People In Pittsburgh Have Yet To Receive Their New Insurance Cards. “A few other consumers showed up with printouts of their new plans and no cards, he said, adding that the pharmacists filled the prescriptions when they could verify the coverage.” (Anna Wilde Mathews, Timothy W. Martin, And Christopher Weaver, “Consumers Hit Snags As Health Law Kicks In,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/2/14)

A Wichita Falls, Texas, Found Man He Was Enrolled In The Wrong Plan While Attempting To Purchase Asthma Medication. “Tony Kouri of Wichita Falls, Texas, went to his local CVS pharmacy on Wednesday and requested a refill for an asthma inhaler. But when the pharmacist looked up details about Mr. Kouri's coverage with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas, it was wrong, he said. Mr. Kouri expected to pay the full cost of the drug before reaching his $6,000 deductible. However, the pharmacy said his plan's drug coverage only required a $50 copay, far short of the full cost of the medicine, a first sign he'd been enrolled in the wrong plan. He expects to be billed the difference later.” (Anna Wilde Mathews, Timothy W. Martin, And Christopher Weaver, “Consumers Hit Snags As Health Law Kicks In,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/2/14)

A Woman In Utah Hadn’t Received Her Membership Number For Her New Plan When Her Baby Needed To Be Delivered, Forcing Her Insurance Company To Arrange A Hospital To Cover The Services. “Shaun Greene, chief operating officer of Arches Health Plan in Utah, said a new enrollee received coverage for the delivery of her baby on New Year's Day, after Arches made arrangements with the hospital to cover its services because she hadn't yet received a membership number for her new health plan. Such cases were unusual, he said.” (Anna Wilde Mathews, Timothy W. Martin, And Christopher Weaver, “Consumers Hit Snags As Health Law Kicks In,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/2/14)

Doctors At Peoria Surgical Group Ltd. Are Prepared To Let Patients That Thought They Were Covered Know That They Are Uninsured. “Dr. Andy Chiou, CEO of Peoria Surgical Group Ltd., in Illinois., said that his doctors are getting ready to break the bad news if a ‘significant minority’ of their patients suffer an ObamaCare lapse. ‘For the protection of patients and us, we’ll have to say, ‘Sorry, you don’t have insurance,’’ said Chiou.” (S.A. Miller, “Some ObamaCare Plans Slow To Kick In,” New York Post, 1/2/14)

A Chicago Medical Practice Spent Two Hours On Hold With An Insurer Trying To Confirm Coverage For A Surgery. “Paperwork problems almost delayed suburban Chicago resident Sheri Zajcew’s scheduled surgery Thursday, but Dr. John Venetos decided to operate without a routine go-ahead from the insurance company. That was after Venetos’ office manager spent two hours on hold with the insurer Thursday, trying to get an answer about whether the patient needed prior authorization for the surgery. The office manager finally gave up.” (“Doctor’s Office Spends 2 Hours On Hold With Insurer For Patient’s Surgery Authorization,” The Associated Press, 1/3/14)


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