Have insurers found new ways to avoid the sick?

Have insurers found new ways to avoid the sick?

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BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 05: A doctor holds a stethoscope on September 5, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Doctors in the country are demanding higher payments from health insurance companies (Krankenkassen). Over 20 doctors' associations are expected to hold a vote this week over possible strikes and temporary closings of their practices if assurances that a requested additional annual increase of 3.5 billion euros (4,390,475,550 USD) in payments are not provided. The Kassenaerztlichen Bundesvereinigung (KBV), the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, unexpectedly broke off talks with the health insurance companies on Monday. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

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by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP

KMOV.com

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 9:20 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Advocates for patients with serious health problems say that one of the main goals of the new health care law is being undermined.
 
President Barack Obama's overhaul was supposed to end insurance discrimination against the sick. But the groups say insurers are setting up new barriers.
 
More than 300 organizations recently wrote Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to complain about practices that they say are "highly discriminatory."
 
Among the groups are the AIDS Institute, the American Lung Association, Easter Seals, the Epilepsy Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and United Cerebral Palsy.
 
They cite tactics that shift medication costs to patients and restrict choice of hospitals and doctors.
 
The insurance industry says that critics are confusing legitimate cost-control with bias.

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