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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- NY Closure of Health Co-Op
- And Finally, a Story about the ACA President update on the National Medicare Campaign
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #533 recorded December 11, 2015.
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NY Closure of Health Co-Op
The sudden collapse of the largest nonprofit insurance cooperative created by President Barack Obama’s health care law is causing headaches in New York, especially for medical providers owed millions of dollars for treating the failed plan’s patients.
More than 200,000 people insured through Health Republic Insurance of New York had until late November to sign up with another company if they want to maintain coverage in December.
State regulators ordered the insurer to shut down at the end of the month because of severe financial problems. They are also investigating what they say were inaccurate financial filings by the company.
The closure — part of a wave of failures of the new co-ops nationwide — has been a big hassle for Health Republic policyholders, who have had to shop around quickly for alternative coverage.
The situation may be worse, though, for doctors, hospitals and other clinicians. They are legally obligated to continue treating Health Republic patients through the end of the month but have been given no assurances they will ever be paid for that care.
MagnaCare, the company that had provided Health Republic with its large network of medical providers, tried to stem losses by ending its agreement with the insurer on Oct. 19, but the state intervened Nov. 5 and ordered the network to keep seeing patients through the end of the month, saying a shutdown would be too disruptive.
Officials in New York’s Department of Financial Services and the state’s health plan marketplace have said that for now they are focusing their energy on making sure Health Republic’s policyholders switch to another plan without a disruption in their care.
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ACA President Updates on National Medicare Campaign
Recently, ACA President Dr. Anthony Hamm sent out the following letter to update the profession on the ACA’s National Medicare Campaign. Following is a partial recap of this letter.
“Last month, ACA officially launched a national grassroots campaign designed to achieve full physician status for doctors of chiropractic in Medicare — an effort that seeks to correct the long-standing arbitrary and discriminatory limitation on our ability to be reimbursed for all necessary services that fall within individual state scopes of practice.
The launch of this campaign, the National Medicare Equality Petition, comes after many years of intensive behind-the-scenes efforts that sought to convince the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to issue regulatory changes that would address many of our concerns and those of Medicare beneficiaries.
After many years of work by both staff and volunteers, significant resources allocated to this effort and detailed supportive information repeatedly presented to CMS — the non-responsiveness of this agency clearly reflects an unreasonable bias against our profession. While we will continue to dialog with CMS and press our concerns regarding a number of issues of vital importance to the profession, we are now prepared to take our concerns directly to Congress. We are determined to do so in in an ongoing and highly robust fashion that will ultimately replace an archaic law.
The success of our campaign will depend on your participation – and your ability to reach out to your patients, supporters, and colleagues to marshal the widespread support needed to sustain the intense grassroots lobbying that will pressure Congress into taking action.
You will receive more information about this phase of the campaign in future ACA communications.”
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