An Open Letter to the Board Members and Partners of Ohio’s UHCAN (Universal Health Care Action Network):
All of Ohio can thank UHCAN (http://uhcanohio.org) for sabotaging our healthcare in the individual market. UHCAN is our watchdog, they get grants to advocate for us, and shame on them for not doing their job.
We have an opioid epidemic in this country and Ohio ranks first. Could Ohio’s 90% inaccurate health insurance provider networks have anything to do with it?
It was recently reported that 715,000 Ohioans gained coverage through the ACA expanded Medicaid, and that 215,000 of them are seeking treatment for opioid addiction. Wow. One third.
We can assume that a good percentage of the Marketplace consumers are also in need of treatment. But when they are faced with a brick wall finding a doctor, after they have signed up for a plan, they are unable to get treatment, so they continue to use, and some of them die.
One year ago, last July, I went to a lot of trouble, all on my own time, to call every PCP doctor listed on every plan sold in my city, Toledo, doctors listed by the insurers as accepting new patients. 308 doctors in total. I discovered that the plans being sold are grossly inadequate, and average of 80% inaccuracies, two in fact had 90% inaccuracies! I made complaints to the insurers, to my elected representatives, to UHCAN, to the Ohio Department of Insurance.
It was a story big enough for the New York Times to report, on December 3, 2016.
Kathleen Gmeiner, a lawyer at UHCAN, was all set to send my complaints to an important contact she had at CMS. Even though she was aware of my complaint for several months, she waited the entire Fall, and then, ready to send the info in December, she was told by the director, Steve Wagner not to bother after all.
She didn’t send it, she tells me now in an email, because:
Once Donald Trump took office it became clear that the new administration was giving states a lot of flexibility and it would be unlikely anyone in the new CMS would aggressively require Ohio to take more steps around network adequacy.
Depression over the newly elected president?
Or was it depression because UHCAN’s grants were about to dry up?
UHCAN couldn’t even do that one thing that I presented to them on a silver platter.
No administration would allow insurance companies to have 90% provider network inaccuracies. To take our healthcare money and squander it away, especially when we have an opioid crisis in Ohio, is not anything the CMS would condone.
How presumptive of UHCAN to decide on their own that our nation’s overseers of medical spending and the administration of Medicaid and Medicare would not care that Americans are getting ripped off by inadequate and misleading, highly inaccurate provider networks. For UHCAN to withhold my information from the CMS is outrageous, unacceptable, and disgusting. And what a waste of grant money!
No wonder Ohio has the worst statistics for drug addiction. Our entire state, including UHCAN is sick. What drugs are they on at UHCAN, that makes them so heartless, that they can’t advocate for the people of Ohio, the sole reason for their existence? 90% inaccurate provider networks; people dying in the streets.
Yet another example of mis-used grant money. Grants SHOULD be cut going to UHCAN Ohio. Because after all, UHCAN’T even do this one little thing to help Ohioans get healthcare after they buy health insurance!
UHCAN’T find a doctor on provider networks, and here we have an opioid epidemic!
You CAN, and you MUST, do better than this!
Look who is UHCAN’s partner — CareSource, with their 90% inaccurate provider networks! Conflict of interest, to say the least.