Daily Archives: February 1, 2014

Sick Kids Denied Specialty Care Due to Obamacare in Washington

I thought the old plans were the “junk” plans. Sick Kids Denied Specialty Care Due to Obamacare in Washington | The Weekly Standard.

“Administrators at Seattle Children’s today said they predicted this would happen, and it’s even worse than they expected,” says the local news anchor. “Patients being denied specialty treatment at the hospital by insurance providers on the Washington health benefits exchange. Children’s filed request on behalf of 125 of their patients. Of those, they say they got only 20 responses, eight of which were denials. Dr. Sandy Melzer says all this comes after reassurances of certain unique specialty cases would still be covered.”

I must admit this is not something I anticipated. Also, who ARE the insurance providers on the Washington State insurance exchange?

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Anthem to raise some premiums as much as 25%

Anthem to raise some premiums as much as 25% – latimes.com.

Thousands of Anthem Blue Cross individual customers with older insurance policies untouched by Obamacare are getting some jarring news: Their premiums are going up as much as 25%.

These increases, 16% on average, are slated to go into effect April 1 for up to 306,000 people — unless California regulators persuade the state’s largest for-profit health insurer to back down.

Amid the fury last fall over canceled health policies, consumer advocates and state officials warned people that holding onto grandfathered policies purchased before the federal healthcare law was enacted in 2010 wouldn’t shield them from significant rate hikes.

The cost of health insurance is not a pretty picture no matter where you look.

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