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UnitedHealthcare to cut doctors for Mass. seniors
Boston Globe ^ | 06/07/2014 | Tracy Jan

Posted on 06/08/2014 10:51:22 AM PDT by Rusty0604

National insurance giant UnitedHealthcare plans to cut up to 700 Massachusetts doctors from its physician network for seniors enrolled in its private Medicare plan as a way to control costs, according to company officials.

For elderly patients enrolled in the plan, the cuts mean they will have to find a new doctor or eventually switch to a new health plan that covers their current doctor.

The move, effective Sept. 1, follows similar cuts made by the insurer to its Medicare Advantage provider networks in 11 other states...

There is also pending legislation in Congress to prevent health plans from cutting physicians mid-year.

“This phenomenon is nationwide and needs to be addressed,” Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat...

The changes come amid a gradual reduction of reimbursements to private insurers that offer Medicare Advantage plans as a way to offset costs associated with President Obama’s health reform law.

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonglobe.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Local News; Society
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; deathcare; deathpanels; doctorshortage; healthcare; massachusetts; medicare; medicareadvantage; medicareprivateplan; muslimdoctors; obamacare; obamacaredoctors; palinwasright; privateinsurance; romneyagenda; romneycare; romneycare4all; unitedhealthcare; zerocare
“This phenomenon is nationwide and needs to be addressed,” Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat"...All I can say is LOL
1 posted on 06/08/2014 10:51:23 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Rusty0604

What is NOT being cut are exec salaries and donos to DemocRAT politicians.


2 posted on 06/08/2014 10:56:08 AM PDT by Seruzawa (Gully Foyle is my name, and Terra is my nation)
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To: Rusty0604
like i've said, UHC is one of the WORST carriers there is...
3 posted on 06/08/2014 11:00:44 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Rusty0604

“This phenomenon is nationwide and needs to be addressed,”

You can almost hear the indignation. Well, well, well...HOW could this have happened.


4 posted on 06/08/2014 11:01:28 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: The Antiyuppie

They had to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.


5 posted on 06/08/2014 11:02:42 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: The Antiyuppie

And to the good liberals in Massachusetts, no less!


6 posted on 06/08/2014 11:02:52 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: Chode

I hope that’s not meant to excuse the crony capitalism of BC/BS and Tufts, both of whom are claiming to be expanding while UHC is contracting.


7 posted on 06/08/2014 11:05:11 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Seruzawa
What is NOT being cut are exec salaries

Go ahead, keep blaming the insurance companies for what our congress did.

If you think this is bad wait till we're all enrolled in a government run (think VA hospitals) health care plan.

8 posted on 06/08/2014 11:05:56 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: The Antiyuppie

Fake indignation. Every time they “fix” something it just gets worse so then they “fix” it again - and continue on adding to their personal millions meanwhile.

Congress is just a scam.


9 posted on 06/08/2014 11:06:13 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: ladyjane

Both can be blamed pretty much equally at this point.


10 posted on 06/08/2014 11:07:36 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: Rusty0604

The good doctors are fleeing ObamaCare which is on par with the rationed care philosophy of it from the supply control side.

All that will be left are turd world doctors imported on H1-B visas to do the work.


11 posted on 06/08/2014 11:09:26 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Chode

I actually could have over 50% subsidized Medicare Part B through the town in MA where I taught. It’s such a convoluted mess with Romneycare and coverage being handled through a statewide agency, deductibles, filing for reimbursements, copays and the percentage I’d have to pay, it’s not worth bothering. Changing the number of doctors except when notified at the annual signup window is underhanded and unfair, especially for those who can’t easily get to more distant locations.


12 posted on 06/08/2014 11:11:37 AM PDT by grania
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To: Rusty0604

Isn’t United AARP’s “property?” I.e. you get United when you go through AARP for supplemental Medicare coverage


13 posted on 06/08/2014 11:12:34 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Olog-hai
no, this is adding onto how they do and or don't authorize surgeries, their allowable fee schedule, their poor history of ontime payments and THEN their cutting back of in network docs and facilities...
14 posted on 06/08/2014 11:13:49 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

“Muslim doctors and health care workers who aim to kill not heal - aiding and abetting global jihad by working in the US and abroad”

http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/3029


15 posted on 06/08/2014 11:13:49 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: grania
100%
16 posted on 06/08/2014 11:15:31 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: NewHampshireDuo
i believe AARP contracts UHC, they are not owned by AARP
17 posted on 06/08/2014 11:17:00 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Rusty0604
Re: “UnitedHealthcare plans to cut up to 700 Massachusetts doctors from its physician network for seniors enrolled in its private Medicare plan.”

2012 Election:

Massachusetts Voters

Age 65 Or Over (90% white)

Obama 56% - Romney 43%

18 posted on 06/08/2014 11:19:27 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: Rusty0604

ALL IS GOING ACCORDING TO PLAN

Step #1,destroy the nation's private insurance industry (including the non profit "Blues" and HMOs).

Step #2,piece of cake!

19 posted on 06/08/2014 11:31:44 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Look at all the Muslim doctors employed in Britain’s National Health Service, seven of whom tried to blow up Heathrow airport in a terror attack. Obama will be a hero in the Muslim world after he destroys the U S .


20 posted on 06/08/2014 12:04:18 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee

I remember that. They could possibly plot to spread disease or other terror acts that would be harder to detect.


21 posted on 06/08/2014 12:11:36 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Seruzawa
"What is not being cut are exec salaries"

ACA brought in the 80-20 rule. It requires the ins company to spend 80% of it revenue on health care and 20%max on salaries and advertising.

That went into effect in 2011. I can't say how that affected salaries at my Medicare Advantage insurance company, but it eliminated most of the junk advertising mail that they sent out to me.

22 posted on 06/08/2014 12:45:53 PM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Rusty0604

Coming soon to a state near you!


23 posted on 06/08/2014 12:50:11 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Rusty0604

I used to work at a call center for UHC which is one of many insurers that participate in the medicare plans. We handled Medicare Part D prescription plan. I was told early on that they were going to do away with the Medicare Advantage Plan.


24 posted on 06/08/2014 1:08:14 PM PDT by waxer1 (A Republic if you can keep it--Benjamin Franklin. Well we lost it.)
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To: zeestephen

“2012 Election: Massachusetts Voters, Age 65 Or Over (90% white), Obama 56% - Romney 43%”

Don’t worry. Next time they’ll vote for Ted Cruz. </src>


25 posted on 06/08/2014 1:20:33 PM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: ladyjane
ladyjane:" If you think this is bad wait till we're all enrolled in a government run (think VA hospitals) health care plan."

If you think the missing "wait list" is bad ,
Wait until we are all under ObozoCrap
and there is NO ACCOUTABILITY, except to Congress...

If they dont listen to us now ,..
Imagine what the future will hold !!
AUDIT THE FED !!..
and resist SOCIALISM !!
or hold them accountable !!

26 posted on 06/08/2014 2:05:24 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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