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Health law impacts primary-care doc shortage
Modern Healthcare

When Olivia Papa signed up for a new health plan last year, her insurance company assigned her to a primary-care doctor. The relatively healthy 61-year-old didn’t try to see the doctor until last month, when she and her husband both needed authorization to see separate specialists.She called the doctor’s office several times without luck.”They told me that they were not on the plan, they were never on the plan and they’d been trying to get their name off the plan all year,” said Papa, who recently bought a plan from a different insurance company.