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Legislation would bar Medicare Advantage plans from dropping doctors midyear
Modern Healthcare

Veva Vesper sees her skin cancer surgeon, Dr. Brett Coldiron, at least twice a month to manage her delicate health condition. Coldiron was an in-network physician when Vesper enrolled in her UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan last year, but she says that changed, much to her surprise.

Vesper said UnitedHealthcare dropped her physician from its network, which would have forced her to pay higher out-of-network rates for care. Other physician practices either did not accept new patients or had monthslong waits for appointments, she said, so she ultimately went back to Coldiron, who agreed to take care of her for free.

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