I “stayed home” over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend — but “staying home” meant that I crossed from my home address, in New Jersey, into New York, to go shopping. That took about ten minutes.
Many of you probably crossed one or more state lines to visit relatives over the holidays.
Most of us probably still have “good employer-sponsored health benefits,’ or solid grandfathered or grandmothered policies. Or we do have new, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) coverage that offers access to some kind of multi-market provider network.
But it looks as if many of the broke consumers who shopped for individual PPACA public exchange coverage based mainly on price probably have narrow, one-state networks, with no out-of-network coverage for anything other than emergency care.
On the other hand, some of those narrow networks may be fine networks. It seems as if providers who are angry about being shut out of networks are making more of a fuss about narrow networks than the patients are. Uninsured patients who have been shut out of the health care system altogether would probably prefer a short list of a few competent, licensed, but unexciting doctors that they can afford to see to a thick directory of providers who will slam doors in their faces.