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Pa.doctors: Fix Obamacare insurance problems -- patients are stressed

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The Pennsylvania Medical Society wants officials on the Obamacare problems to know that patients are getting stressed.

“I’m hearing from physicians across the state that they’re growing more concerned for patients who are dealing with issues related to insurance coverage,” Dr. Bruce A. MacLeod, president of the society, said in a news release. “More needs to be done for these patients.”

MacLeod said that patients and doctors are all in the dark about what happens next and that every day that goes by without answers builds stress.

“Hopefully, the answer comes soon,” he said.

Last month at its annual meeting, the society passed a resolution to work with the governor, state legislators and insurance commissioner to assure those experiencing cancellations in the state would be able to renew or extend their existing insurance contracts.

Introduced by physicians from Delaware County, the resolution also took the issue to the American Medical Association, which just this week agreed that patients should be able to maintain current coverage or transition to alternative coverage options if they have received cancellation notices from their health insurance companies as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

According to Dr. James Goodyear, a past president of the society who now chairs the state delegation to the American Medical Association, other states agree on this issue.

“When we raised this issue at the AMA meeting, we got innumerable kudos from other delegations with strong testimony from the Great Lakes Caucus, Florida, and Texas, just to mention a few,” Goodyear said. “As physicians concerned for patients, we’re trying to find a solution with our national leaders through all available channels.”

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