Children’s Hospital Dumped from Obamacare Coverage


A top children’s hospital in Chicago won’t be covered in-network for any Obamacare plans next year.

Washington Examiner reports that Lurie Children’s Hospital is the latest in a growing list of top Illinois hospitals that will now cost Obamacare customers much more to access, now that all four marketplace insurers covering the hospital in-network for 2016 are dropping it from their provider networks next year.

Lurie hospital actually had to post this warning on their website.

“If you choose an exchange plan, you will need a prior authorization of services from that plan,” the hospital wrote. “Without a prior authorization your child’s care at Lurie Children’s would be out-of-network. This means that it is very likely you will be responsible for most or all of the costs.”

Illinois’ marketplace has suffered especially high rate hikes and insurer contractions. Besides Lurie Children’s, University of Chicago Medicine, Rush University Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital are also excluded from all marketplace plans.


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