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Health insurers carve 'narrow networks' that exclude cancer, pediatric specialists




Health researchers are finding that comprehensive cancer centers, children's hospitals and pediatric specialists are left out of health care plans under the Affordable Care Act.
Health researchers are finding that comprehensive cancer centers, children's hospitals and pediatric specialists are left out of health care plans under the Affordable Care Act.
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The Affordable Care Act continues to shape the country's health insurance marketplace, and, according to researchers, to sometimes create "narrow networks." Associated Press and Stanford researcher Paul Wise explains that not only are certain hospitals and doctors are left out of plans, but that specific categories of care may be as well, including comprehensive cancer centers, children's hospitals and pediatric specialists.

Guests: 

Tom Murphy, Business Writer, the Associated Press

Patrick Johnston,  President and CEO of the California Association of Health Plans

Jerry Flanagan, Attorney with Consumer Watchdog

Dr. Paul Wise, M.D., Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society and Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine

Harlan Levine, Chief Executive of the City of Hope Medical Foundation