Will Politicians Continue to Allow a Race to the Bottom?

[A] national survey conducted by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the only insurer approved to sell plans on New Hampshire’s federal exchange, showed an overwhelming number of people favor lower prices over access to healthcare, reported Seacoast Online.

With that in mind, Anthem cut about 40 percent of the state’s hospitals from its network. Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Parkland Medical Center are among the 16 facilities that didn’t make the cut, Seacoast Online noted.

Cutting almost half of New Hampshire hospitals has led to strong opposition from some senators who are particularly concerned that Anthem’s narrow network plan lacks adequate services for women, FierceHealthPayer previously reported.

Like Seattle Children’s, hospitals have been fighting back after being excluded from exchange plans built around limited networks. In a print ad, Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System accused Highmark’s Community Blue health plan of forcing patients away from its hospitals, saying: “It’s inappropriate, inconvenient, insensitive and simply wrong to force our neighbors to leave home to seek the care they desperately need.” (More)

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  1. JD says:

    Shrinking networks will create an oligopoly style market. High prices will either be paid with money or in quality.

  2. Connor says:

    “an overwhelming number of people favor lower prices over access to healthcare”

    I can’t believe they needed a study to realize people like lower prices.

  3. Greg Scandlen says:

    They should just pay a fixed indemnity benefit and let the consumer decide where to spend it.