Report: Obamacare exchanges not covering best hospitals for cancer care

Cancer patients struggling to get care were cited as a reason to pass Obamacare. Is the reality different?

An Associated Press survey found that only four of the 19 nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers responded that patients will have access through each of the insurance companies in the state exchange.

While consumers that are already suffering from the disease can pick out a plan that suits them, a surprise diagnosis could leave Obamacare customers without the cancer care that they need.

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is not covered by five of the eight insurance companies working with Washington state’s health care exchange. MD Anderson Cancer Center reported being covered by less than half of Houston area exchange plans.

New York has a particularly bleak outlook. Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York City is only fully covered by two of nine insurers in city, and has out-of-network agreements with another two, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo isn’t included in 11 of 16 of state-wide insurance plans.


 Source: The Daily Caller
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