Health care providers in D and D.c. are turning to private insurance to fill a gap in the national health care system.
A number of insurers have taken the reins, and they’re doing so by offering private insurance plans in places like Maryland, Texas, and Pennsylvania.
They’re billing their patients as a way to help patients navigate the health care process, said Karen Lippman, a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Public Health who specializes in the care of people with chronic diseases.
They’re offering care in a way that’s consistent with what we see in the rest of the world.
It’s a lot of different ways they’re offering services.
They don’t have the same standards.
They can’t be guaranteed coverage.
Lippmann said the health insurance companies are trying to build trust and foster collaboration among health care providers.
“They’re trying to be helpful in building a marketplace where people can find and purchase a health care plan,” Lippm wrote in an email.
The idea behind private health insurance is that the government has to cover everything, and the private sector can provide services for less money than a public system.
But there are downsides, said Michael Raskin, a health policy analyst at the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.
People are less likely to find a plan that meets their needs, he said.
And when people get sick, the insurance companies often charge higher premiums.
That could hurt people with pre-existing conditions, as well as those with high costs, Raskins said.
It’s hard to know exactly how many people have private health coverage.
Some providers said they’ve had to cancel plans because they didn’t meet requirements.
Others say they’re seeing patients who haven’t had insurance for years, and haven’t been able to afford it.
Private insurers aren’t the only players in the market, either.
A number of state Medicaid programs have also started offering private plans.
They also offer the option of using government money to help cover people who can’t afford to buy insurance through the private market.
The health care agencies say that can save money and improve quality.
A few states have made it easier for people to purchase private insurance, but others haven’t, including Florida and New Jersey.
The Affordable Care Act also limits the amount of money an individual can contribute to a state program.