There has been much speculation about how “ The Affordable Care Act” or “ObamaCare”, as it is known generally by its critics, will affect the quality of health care provided to patients in the coming years. According to some, the increased number of patients will strain already overburdened health care providers and hospitals. Others, like the American Medical Association, say that it will not create more patients, just extend coverage to those patients who did not have it before.
One consequence is that some medical insurance companies are trying to limit their potential exposure to claims by eliminating doctors from their coverage. An experienced Brooklyn personal injury attorney can help with taking the necessary legal steps in order to get compensation for the injuries sustained in the accident.
New York doctors in conjunction with the Medical Society of the State of New York recently filed a lawsuit against health insurance company United Health Care. The federal lawsuit was filed with the Eastern District Court in an attempt to stop United HealthCare from dropping approximately 2,000 physicians from its Medicare plans starting January 1, 2014.
The complaint was filed on December 23, 2013. The Medical Society claims that the insurance company had plans to end doctor’s contracts. “By terminating numerous physicians from the network, United HealthCare seeks to stem financial losses occasioned by reduced federal payments under the Affordable Care Act,” claims the suit filed by the Medical Society of the State of New York.
The Medical Society currently has 22,000 physicians from the state of New York as members. The complaint states that as a result of terminating the contracts, Medicare beneficiaries would suffer and that they would have to find new doctors or they would be responsible for greater out of pocket costs if they wish to continue their medical treatment with providers who are out of their network.
According to the complaint, there may soon be the Medicare recipients in the thousands who will learn that the physician they have trusted for years is no longer a participant provider of the service.
There are similar complaints that have been filed by other medical organizations. These are pending in Connecticut and other counties.
It is not the first time the Medical Society of the State of New York has expressed concern about abuses of the Affordable Care Act. In addition to the December 23, 2013 complaint, a letter was presented earlier that month on December 2nd to Donna Frescatore, the New York Health Exchange Director. The Letter was composed by the president of the Society Sam Unterricht. Unterricht expressed concerns that the new federal health law was allowing insurers to take advantage of patients and doctors who would be delivering their necessary health care.
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