Study: Doctors Reject Those With Covered California Plans More Often
Secret shoppers called for appointments around the state trying once with a Covered California plan and a second time with its non-exchange counterpart. The gap in access was stark in some places.
Los Angeles Times:
Study: Covered California Health Insurance Coverage Doesn't Guarantee Doctor Access
The recent announcement that Covered California premiums will rise by double digits in 2017 is only part of the challenge for the nation’s largest health exchange. A newly released study found that 4.38% of Covered California policyholders enrolled in Blue Shield or Blue Cross plans were rejected by doctors who were supposedly accepting their insurance, compared with 1.41% for people with the same plans purchased outside the exchange. (Sisson, 7/27)