Health Insurers Set to Shrink Pool of Doctors You Can See In-Network

Insurers cover less doctors to cut the cost of insurance plans

   

NewLetters Health Insurers Set to Shrink Pool of Doctors You Can See In NetworkTo lower the cost of insurance plans, health insurers like WellPoint’s (WLP), Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield are cutting doctors from their networks.

This change is causing many consumers to take another look at their insurance. John Nowak, who has insurance through Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, is one of these people. When President Obama’s health-care bill hits this fall, he’ll be left with the options of keeping his current insurer and losing his doctor, or switching to an insurer that cost more but includes his doctor. Nowak isn’t alone in his problem, this is an issue that many Americans will have to face when the healthcare bill goes into affect. While Nowak admitted that the cost of his insurance plan was important to him, he says that keeping his doctor outweighs the cost, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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