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    Thousands of Doctors Fired by United HealthCare

    "In the midst of major changes in health care, UnitedHealthCare has sent thousands of pink slips to Connecticut doctors.

    Termination letters went to physicians caring for Medicare patients. Those letters were sent out to doctors caring for 'Medicare Advantage' patients. It's a plan, marketed to Seniors to provide additional services through UnitedHealthCare.

    A mix of primary care and specialty doctors are affected by it. And it comes at a questionable time.

    Open enrollment for Medicare starts next Tuesday, and it's still not clear at this time as to which doctors are still in the United network.

    The Connecticut State Medical Society is fighting back. The biggest concern is patient access to healthcare."
    Analysis: Budget talk ideas delay, don't resolve | Connecticut | onPolitix


    Thousands of people are getting an early welcome to the age of no healthcare but health insurance for everyone. This isn't the first example and it will not be anywhere near the last. Obamadon'tcare is a bad idea and bad ideas do not get better with time.

    For your sake, I hope you never get sick or hurt because Obama and the Dems have set up a plan that destroys healthcare. Not to mention the budget and jobs and....
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    Re: Thousands of Doctors Fired by United HealthCare

    Quote Originally Posted by ItAin'tFree View Post
    "In the midst of major changes in health care, UnitedHealthCare has sent thousands of pink slips to Connecticut doctors.

    Termination letters went to physicians caring for Medicare patients. Those letters were sent out to doctors caring for 'Medicare Advantage' patients. It's a plan, marketed to Seniors to provide additional services through UnitedHealthCare.

    A mix of primary care and specialty doctors are affected by it. And it comes at a questionable time.

    Open enrollment for Medicare starts next Tuesday, and it's still not clear at this time as to which doctors are still in the United network.

    The Connecticut State Medical Society is fighting back. The biggest concern is patient access to healthcare."
    Analysis: Budget talk ideas delay, don't resolve | Connecticut | onPolitix


    Thousands of people are getting an early welcome to the age of no healthcare but health insurance for everyone. This isn't the first example and it will not be anywhere near the last. Obamadon'tcare is a bad idea and bad ideas do not get better with time.

    For your sake, I hope you never get sick or hurt because Obama and the Dems have set up a plan that destroys healthcare. Not to mention the budget and jobs and....
    Your blog source just changed the link to what you posted. The link now points to a different article. I had that happen to me once before. LOL.
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    Medicare Advantage is desperate from and has existed before the ACA, it was created in 1997 and amended in 2003.

    This is a move by UHC to maximize profits over the needs of Seniors.

    The network flap comes days before the Medicare open enrollment period begins. Between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7, seniors can sign up for Medicare Advantage plans, drop the program in favor of “original” Medicare, and select Medicare Part D prescription drug plans.

    Dr. Michael F. Saffir, the medical society's president, said the timing of the changes was "questionable." "How can seniors make informed decisions when their own doctors don’t even know whether they’re in the United network?” he said.

    There was also confusion about the notices. Many doctors got more than one letter, and the medical society said UnitedHealthcare officials had said that some doctors who got the notice could still be in the Medicare Advantage network. Company officials couldn’t confirm whether all affected doctors had received the notice, the medical society added.

    The medical society said the American Medical Association is investigating “similar situations in other states.”

    In response to the medical society’s comments, Goldstein said, “We offer our members one of the most extensive networks of health care providers in Connecticut and remain committed to ensuring they have continued access to quality, affordable care. Members with questions are encouraged to call the customer service number on the back of their member ID card for more information.”

    Saffir questioned the wisdom of making such a broad cut to the provider network.

    “Even if you need to cut something, you use a scalpel, not a chainsaw,” he said. “The approach is so disruptive and abrupt that you’re going to alienate both doctors and patients.”

    Saffier said he was concerned that other insurers could also decide to reduce their physician networks as a way to cut costs in the Medicare Advantage program. But he said negative reaction from doctors and patients could give them pause before taking such a broad approach.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gimmesometruth View Post

    The medical society said the American Medical Association is investigating “similar situations in other states.”
    The results of the bad idea of Obamadon'tcare is not and will not be limited to one state. Hope everyone is in good health.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItAin'tFree View Post
    The results of the bad idea of Obamadon'tcare is not and will not be limited to one state. Hope everyone is in good health.
    It hasn't gotten through yet that this is not the ACA nor have you shown any connection to this being caused by the ACA.

    No correlation, no causation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gimmesometruth View Post
    It hasn't gotten through yet that this is not the ACA nor have you shown any connection to this being caused by the ACA.

    No correlation, no causation.
    Oh come on, why bother with facts when you can just blame Obama for everything. It's easier that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    Oh come on, why bother with facts when you can just blame Obama for everything. It's easier that way.
    Last I recall Obama is not at fault for anything, it's always someone else fault.
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    Re: Thousands of Doctors Fired by United HealthCare

    Quote Originally Posted by ItAin'tFree View Post
    "In the midst of major changes in health care, UnitedHealthCare has sent thousands of pink slips to Connecticut doctors.
    Can you tell me exactly how this is linked with Obamacare?
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Thousands of Doctors Fired by United HealthCare

    From the OP article:


    UPDATE: In an email statement, UnitedHealthCare spokesman Ben Goldstein told News 8, "With the many changes happening in health care, we are building a network of health care providers that we can collaborate with more closely to have the most positive impact on the quality of care for our members. We are prepared to help our members transition to new providers. Members with questions are encouraged to call the customer service number on the back of their member ID card for more information."

    The UHC is an insurance plan and they are negotiating with doctors to become part of their network plan. A lot insurance companies do this. We've been on a similar plan for years, that if we use the plan's network doctors we can save a lot of out of pocket money than using one that isn't. As far as I know it doesn't effect Medicare or Obamacare at all. But it can save the consumer some money. So what is the problem? Some doctors don't want to be part of the plan because they want to charge more money. Thats their choice...and ultimately their loss.
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    What amazes me most besides the obvious ignorances mentioned above, it that not one conservative is mad at the insurance company that has made a choice to do this. Somehow it's implied that the government forced this choice on them. Because, of course, choosing to make more money just seems be a better choice for conservatives than healthy parents and grandparents. The Me, me, Mine! generation is at the helm.

    I'll tell you what, conservatives, I'll change my mind if you'll provide for free, safe abortions, and free, humane euthanasia for any adult that wants it. At least this way, I'll know that in a small way, many will have relatively quick painless deaths compared to what they'll face under the health/insurance regime we've lived under to date which the conservatives want to both return to and ease regulations and/or penalties associated with the same.
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