Access denied: cancer care on chopping block

Nation’s elite cancer hospitals off-limits under Obamacare

By Associated Press – March 19, 2014 | NY Post

WASHINGTON — Cancer patients relieved that they can get insurance coverage because of the new health care law may be disappointed to learn that some of the nation’s best cancer hospitals are off-limits.

An Associated Press survey found examples coast to coast. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is excluded by five out of eight insurers in Washington state’s insurance exchange. MD Anderson Cancer Center says it’s in less than half of the plans in the Houston area. Memorial Sloan-Kettering is included by two of nine insurers in New York City and has out-of-network agreements with two more.

Doctors and administrators say they’re concerned. So are some state insurance regulators.

“This is a marked deterioration of access to the premier cancer centers for people who are signing up for these plans,”  said Dan Mendelson, CEO market research firm Avalere Health.


It is getting very interesting, as those three thousand pages start to speak.

3 comments on “Access denied: cancer care on chopping block

  1. peppermintfarm says:

    Bull, yes it is getting worse all the time. I have a private story I’ll tell you in an email.
    Obamadeathcare was of course never about healthcare as we know. It’s quite scary.


    • Bullright says:

      Pepp. that’s a good point that we(collectively) seem to keep forgetting, it was about everything else. You have to hand it to the spinsters who keep saying it is centered on healthcare..


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