California hits roadblocks in Obamacare implementation

By James Poulos | Cal Watchdog

It’s a bumpy road for the implementation of Obamacare through the Covered California exchange.

Thanks to the cumbersome and convoluted nature of the process, state regulators are grappling with bad provider lists, limited plan acceptance and a host of complaints from Californians caught in the mix. Patients, doctors and even whole hospitals have fallen into confusion over whether they are β€œin” with a particular carrier’s health care plan.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the impact of the regulatory bewilderment is widespread. Some customers haven’t received ID cards or enrollment packets. Some insurers, meanwhile, have found themselves under new legal scrutiny. California state law puts the onus on them to make sure they accurately list doctors participating in plans β€” and to have enough providers on those lists to meet demand.

at Cal Watchdog.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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