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Covered California clients have trouble finding doctors
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 23, 2014 | Victoria Colliver

Posted on 01/24/2014 7:27:50 AM PST by artichokegrower

Think signing up for health insurance through Covered California is hard? Some consumers say the real battle starts when it comes to finding a doctor or hospital that will take a plan purchased through the state-run health exchange.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: covercaitsdonefor; coveredca; coveredcalif; exchanges; obamacare; obamacaredoctors; obamacarehospitals
Health insurance does not always equal health care. Don't worry it won't be long before Obama nationalizes the health care industry and they will be forced to take the ACA covered patients.
1 posted on 01/24/2014 7:27:50 AM PST by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

They voted for it. They own it.


2 posted on 01/24/2014 7:36:29 AM PST by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: artichokegrower

It’s called “the other shoe”.


3 posted on 01/24/2014 7:49:31 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: artichokegrower

And even if her doctor accepted it, she probably has multiple thousands of deductible to cover out of pocket before her Ocare kicks in.


4 posted on 01/24/2014 7:52:20 AM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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To: artichokegrower

Now do you have ANY doubt whatsoever that the California Legislature is gonna pass a bill REQUIRING all providers in the state to accept it?


5 posted on 01/24/2014 7:54:06 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: artichokegrower

Talked to my gynecologist the other day. She still has no idea what the reimbursement will be if she accepts Obozocare patients.


6 posted on 01/24/2014 8:08:15 AM PST by Lizavetta
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To: artichokegrower

Too bad. Doctors are retiring early to avoid Obamacare.

The lines for doctors will soon resemble the long lines for bread in the USSR. Deal with it.


7 posted on 01/24/2014 8:13:59 AM PST by LeonardFMason (LanceyHoward would AGREE)
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To: artichokegrower

My brother signed up for Anthem B/C like the lady in the article.
Twice he waited his turn over an hour on the phone only to get
bumped off. Finally signed up, a friendly cust. serv rep sent him
a link so he pay his initial premium which he did. Within 2 wks
he received a letter from Anthem B/C. It turned out to be a bill
for the same initial premium he had already paid. This made him
wonder whether or not he had been enrolled with his on-line
payment. Unable to contact Anthem, he called the state Ins Comm
Office. (The ph # is listed on the Anthem bill). The state Comm
Office had an Anthem rep phone my brother. He was told that
his name was on the enrollment list but membership cards
were delayed. Within two days my brother got another Anthem
Blue Cross letter. It was a bill for Feb. So these clowns have
yet to send a membership card yet they’re sending second month
premium notice. I advised my bro not to pay.


8 posted on 01/24/2014 8:20:27 AM PST by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: DCBryan1

How about the ones that didn’t vote for it? They own it too, even though they knew it was crap three years ago.


9 posted on 01/24/2014 8:35:51 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: artichokegrower

There are entire counties in CA that have no doctors or hospitals available to new Anthem/BC Obamacare/CoveredCA patients. We’ll soon see plenty of tales of woe of 50-70 mile drives to the doctor.


10 posted on 01/24/2014 8:41:21 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: artichokegrower

A couple of more realities:

1. “In California, plans offered by Blue Shield through Covered California included just 60 percent of the doctors that participate in the insurer’s group plans and just 75 percent of the hospitals.”

2. “On top of that, Blue Shield is reimbursing doctors and hospitals in Covered California policies up to 30 percent less than those not in the exchange, spokesman Stephen Shivinsky said.”

2+. Another reality: The doctors, who are seeing ObozoCare patients will have to wait an extra 60-90+ days to get paid. The wait before OBC was 60 to 90 days to get paid. Now add another delay of 60-90 days. So doctors seeing patients in Jan 2014 may have to wait until May or June to get paid.

Then, throw more nacl on the wounds for the new signups. Most will have very high deductibles $4000 to $6000 per year. Besides the probable extra costs per month for a basic unaffordable care policy, here comes the high deductibles.


11 posted on 01/24/2014 9:37:21 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda witholl fail 24/7/365!)
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To: Lizavetta

No one does, in any location.

Speaking with an RN in our largest regional medical facility, she said they are totally uncertain of when, if and how much they will be paid, but that they are delivering health care anyway and praying they will be reimbursed.

The huge liberals who fund vanity wings with their names emblazoned in 10’ letters would do better to just offer to pay the hospital for so many millions of dollars worth of care for whomever has no other way to pay.


12 posted on 01/24/2014 9:49:57 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: jiggyboy

There are plenty of rural areas where anything other than basic health care or ER triage has always meant a long drive to a large regional medical facility. Right now, I know of one elderly lady driving 45 miles each way for ongoing checkups and treatment of skin cancer. Her 89-year-old husband gets his heart and other conditions checked regularly in a local setting, but he, too, must travel that 45 miles for actual treatment if any condition worsens.

It has been this way for a long time for a lot of people.


13 posted on 01/24/2014 9:54:33 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: Uncle Chip
It’s called “the other shoe”.

There'll be more shoes dropping than an earthquake hitting Imelda Marcos' closet.

14 posted on 01/24/2014 9:56:06 AM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: Grampa Dave
My employer sponsored plan with coverage for me and my wife is sucking up $492 every two weeks AND has a $7,000 deductible annually (the sum of two individual deductibles) before the policy pays any benefit. Doctors are more scarce in Idaho than CA. I'm working out of San Diego, so I have to find a doctor that will accept my coverage should I have the misfortune to need it.
15 posted on 01/24/2014 10:00:40 AM PST by Myrddin
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To: artichokegrower

Isn’t there a law against passing “worthless paper?” That’s all these people have - IF - they even received that. Guess Californians can have a huge bonfire to commemorate obozocare!!!!


16 posted on 01/24/2014 10:23:51 AM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: artichokegrower

-——Don’t worry it won’t be long before Obama nationalizes the health care industry -——

I would expect that part of the task will be left to the states.

There will be California legislation that ties the state issued medical license to Obamacare such that to practice medicine at all, a practitioner must provide the federally mandated service at a Federally mandated price

In 1855, it was classified as involuntary servitude. In 2015 it will be be called medislave


17 posted on 01/24/2014 10:32:29 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: jiggyboy
My in-laws are in Ventura County. Their relatives are in San Diego, SLO, and Paso Robles. I'm trying to convince them to flee to NV or TX.

Father in Law hates the gun laws and may leave sooner rather than later.

18 posted on 01/24/2014 11:37:10 AM PST by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: Myrddin

So your yearly cost is $12,896 with a $5,000 deductible.

But. Lord Obozo promised to save each family $2500 per year, or was it $2500 per person per year.


19 posted on 01/25/2014 9:30:22 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda witholl fail 24/7/365!)
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To: reformedliberal

“Speaking with an RN in our largest regional medical facility, she said they are totally uncertain of when, if and how much they will be paid, but that they are delivering health care anyway and praying they will be reimbursed.”

Before Obozo care was became the newest fascist law, Medicare in its best, paid off doctors and hospitals in 60 to 90 days. We got our share of payment bill in about 30 to 60 days after that.

This summer, we lost our two primary care fps. One retired and the other went to the big California HMO. They saw this mess coming their way and bailed out of private practice.

The doctor in the big HMO still gets mail from the feds, state, county and doctor organizations. He said that they have been notified if a patient is seen and cared for in January , not to expect payment for 120 to 180 days.


20 posted on 01/25/2014 9:39:25 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda witholl fail 24/7/365!)
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To: Grampa Dave

You got the annual premium right. The deductible is $7000 from after tax income. I’m netting less than 50% of my gross per pay check.Double that $7,000 for the gross I must earn to generate it.


21 posted on 01/25/2014 12:44:25 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Myrddin

Thanks for posting the obvious, but ignored by most of us re paying our deductibles.

As you noted our deductible is paid from our after taxes income. That makes it even tougher for us.

“The deductible is $7000 from after tax income. I’m netting less than 50% of my gross per pay check. Double that $7,000 for the gross I must earn to generate it.”

This maybe why our stock markets started tanking last week.


22 posted on 01/26/2014 7:47:50 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! Obamaganda witholl fail 24/7/365!)
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