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Financial Times' Kirchgaessner: ACA Excludes Top Hospitals

By Bill Hoffmann   |  

Some Americans won't have access to some of the nation's top hospitals under the Affordable Care Act, says Stephanie Kirchgaessner, Washington correspondent for The Financial Times.

"Certainly, this is not good news for patients who want as many options as possible, which is really what all of us want for ourselves and for our families," Kirchgaessner told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"The reason it's happening is because we're seeing a huge transformation in our healthcare system," she said Monday.

But Kirchgaessner said exactly which hospitals will be inaccessible under the new healthcare law isn't clear yet, although they could conceivably include such highly rated treatment centers as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

"As anyone who's dealt with health insurance in the past knows, it isn't sometimes that easy to find out which hospitals and which doctors are in-network and which aren't," she said.

"Certainly there might be some surprises in store for people. But this is really the situation we're looking at."

She said the limitations will mostly affect those seeking insurance in the individual market, not those with insurance through their employers.

"There are other people, millions of other people, whose plans are being canceled . . . They may have more narrow options as a result of some changes than they were perhaps used to under their old plans," she said.

"There are rules that are now there to protect people . . . for example, people who have previous medical conditions can't be excluded anymore and other items have to be covered, like maternity care . . . But it comes at a price, and we're still learning what that price is."

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