Obamacare Enrollees Having Trouble Finding In-Network Doctors


Patients who overcame website glitches and long wait times to get Obamacare are now having trouble finding doctors that will accept their insurance, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Patients are receiving faulty information as to which doctors are covered by their insurance and getting little help from insurers.

To hold down premiums under the healthcare law, major insurers have sharply cut the number of doctors and hospitals available to patients in the state’s new health insurance market.

Now those limited options are becoming clearer, and California officials say they are receiving more consumer complaints about access to medical providers. State lawmakers are also moving swiftly to ease some of the problems that have arisen. […]

Of course, complaints about outdated provider lists and delays in getting a doctor’s appointment were common long before the healthcare law was enacted. But some experts worry the influx of newly insured patients and the cost-cutting strategies of health plans may further strain the system.