California Healthline: Advocates Concerned About Kids’ Coverage in Calif. Exchange Plans

California Healthline: Advocates Concerned About Kids’ Coverage in Calif. Exchange Plans

California advocacy groups have expressed concerns about whether children enrolled in Covered California plans are receiving adequate care, HealthyCal reports.

The groups also asked about how the board plans to determine the quality of those enrollees’ health care experiences in the future.

The groups wrote, “Although children comprise less than 6% of the Covered California population, it is important that the California Health Benefit Exchange Board has the necessary information to understand how children are served by the exchange.”

The letter added, “It has been noted that some plans offered by Covered California may have narrow provider networks that may inhibit a child from seeing an appropriate provider or specialist in a timely manner.”

Abbi Coursolle — a staff attorney at the Los Angeles-based National Health Law Program, which was not involved in the letter — said, “There are network adequacy issues overall with Covered California and pediatrics isn’t immune.” Read the full article here. »

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