Limited patient choice next health overhaul issue

Taylor Higgins

Limited patient choice next health overhaul issue

CREATED Nov. 20, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) - After they get the health care website fixed, then what?
   
Keeping your doctors and hospitals may be the next challenge in the new insurance plans created by President Barack Obama's law.
   
Obama promised Americans could keep their doctors. But experts say in many states, the new plans appear to offer a narrow choice of hospitals and doctors. Overall, it's shaping up as less choice than offered by Medicare or employer-based coverage.
   
Concerns are being raised from New Hampshire to Kentucky and Chicago.
   
The Obama administration says it's still a definite improvement for uninsured people, and that the health care law sets standards for insurers to provide adequate provider networks.
   
Experts say narrow networks are part of the economic trade-off for keeping premiums under control.

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