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article imageDoctors sue ObamaCare insurer over dropped doctors

By Mike White     Dec 30, 2013 in Business
A group of New York doctors has sued an ObamaCare provider for booting more than 2,000 doctors from its Medicare Advantage network. Reportedly the doctors were dropped to avoid cost hikes under the new United States government healthcare law.
Fox News reported the Doctors have sued UnitedHealthcare, claiming the health provider's action will harm elderly and disabled patients.
“By terminating numerous physicians from the . . . network, United seeks to stem financial losses occasioned by reduced federal payments under the Affordable Care Act,” the New York Post reported the suit, filed the Medical Society of the State of New York, claims.
“This, of course, comes at the expense of physicians,” the suit added. The suit also claims UnitedHealthcare violated doctors’ contracts by not giving sufficient notice, and there were other charges.
Specifically mentioned in the suit were disabled and elderly patients “who must now either find new physicians (including traveling farther distances to find a participating . . . provider), switch plans to continue treatment with the terminated physicians, or pay significant additional out-of-pocket costs to continue treatment with an ‘out-of-network’ provider.”
The suit further claimed the health provider was guilty of “shifting the financial burdens imposed by the Affordable Care Act from itself, a multibillion-dollar company,” to patients and providers.
The Free Republic reported the suit claims that the insurer, “by terminating numerous physicians from the . . . network, United seeks to stem financial losses occasioned by reduced federal payments under the Affordable Care Act."
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