UnitedHealth drops thousands of doctors from insurance plans: WSJ

by Reuters, Yahoo News
November 17, 2013

UnitedHealth Group dropped thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks, leaving many elderly patients unsure whether they need to switch plans to continue seeing their doctors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The insurer said in October that underfunding of Medicare Advantage plans for the elderly could not be fully offset by the company’s other healthcare business. The company also reported spending more healthcare premiums on medical claims in the third quarter, due mainly to government cuts to payments for Medicare Advantage services.

The Journal report said that doctors in at least 10 states were notified of being laid off the plans, some citing “significant changes and pressures in the healthcare environment.” According to the notices, the terminations can be appealed within 30 days.

Tyler Mason, a UnitedHealth spokesperson, was not immediately available for comment when reached by Reuters.

The insurer told the WSJ that its provider networks were always changing and that it expected its Medicare Advantage network to be 85 percent to 90 percent of its current size by the end of 2014.

6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • 1commonjoe says:

    Creeps!

  • Charles Kimberl says:

    If I am not mistaken, United is the darling of AARP. AARP is a co conspirator with Oblabla and his socialist healthcare program. I became suspicious of AARP under the Klinton administration when they always took the leftist position in any matter. For all the morons who have given their money to AARP blindly, good riddance. I can’t believe more people don’t see this.

  • msbets says:

    THE ELDERLY DON’T NEED NO STEEKING HEALTHCARE!!! THEIR NO LONGER GOOD FOR SOCIETY!!!

    1. greyhound44 says:

      HOLA msbets IDIOT!
      That’s the 3rd worst post I have ever seen.
      You must learn to spell and write in English.
      Are you a Nigger; Muslim or Illegal Alien??
      Do you get Welfare; SNAPS; Medicaid, and the 80 or so other US FEDERAL give aways????

      1. msbets says:

        who, the fuk are you a$$hole, seniors are giving up 700 billion, to support illegals and if you don’t think they are not getting free healthcare, you can kiss my royal a$$……..this is ovomit’s ideology, screw the seniors for mexs!!!

        1. greyhound44 says:

          Thank you as you have proven my point!
          ret expat (10 + years) MD: NBME; ABIM; ABNM: ABR w/spec comp NR
          fmr LCDR MC USNR NUKE – 8.5 years active/ 4.5 as a LCDR – resigned 4 July 1978
          When and where did your sorry A$$ ever serve???

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