Sacramento Business Journal: Pressure mounts for Covered California health plans to add doctors

Rates are one big issue for consumers who shop through Covered California. The other is whether there are enough doctors to treat everybody who signed up.

Last week, Covered California announced a lower-than-expected proposed averagerate increases of 4.2 percent for 2015 — a move heralded by insurance brokers, consumer advocates and others. Now pressure is mounting to push insurers to increase the size of provider networks.

Lots of consumers who signed up for health plans in the first open enrollment struggled to find doctors in so-called “narrow networks” offered by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California. “It’s good to see these rates are lower than we thought,” said Joe Hart, a Sacramento insurance broker. But “It would be nice to see expansion of the networks.”

Peter Lee, executive director at Covered California, linked networks to value when he released the proposed new rates last week.

Continue reading here: http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2014/08/05/health-plans-boost-covered-california-provider.html

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