NYC Providers Negotiate Deals to Allow Keeping Doctors

NEW YORK (AP) -

With deadlines looming, medical providers and insurers in New York are negotiating deals that may determine which doctors you can see if you buy a health plan through the state’s new insurance marketplace.

One of the world’s most respected cancer hospitals, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, announced Friday that it had signed agreements to join the networks of three plans being sold through the exchange: Health Republic Insurance, Oscar Insurance and Oxford Health Plans. Oxford will only be available to small businesses.

As recently as Thursday, Sloan-Kettering wasn’t included on any of the 19 health plans sold through the insurance exchange. It remains among a number of prestigious research hospitals in the city and elsewhere that only take a small number of the new plans. They said they were worried they would not be properly reimbursed by certain insurers.

At least 100,000 New Yorkers whose old policies had been canceled because of the national reforms need to pick a new health plan by next month if they don’t want their coverage disrupted.

President Barack Obama on Friday extended the deadline to select a new plan eight days, to Dec. 23. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will not allow those bumped to return since the state-run exchange did not suffer the botched rollout of the federal site.