But the issue is more complicated for individual insureds, at least for me. I'm self employed, and with no dependents. I did not want to buy a plan on the exchange because I read many doctors were not signing the contracts with Blue Cross or Blue Shield to accept that insurance. I contacted Blue Cross and asked them what individual policies were available that had contracts with my doctors, and would continue to contract with after the ACA went into effect. Basically, purchasing in individual private plan. I was told my doctors were covered. So on 12/23 I purchased a specific private plan. By 1/15/14, I learned that Blue Cross decided that it was going to require all doctors accepting my plan to sign the same contract for reimbursement it was requiring doctors who accepted the exchange plans. The result for me: I bought a private plan to ensure coverage and ended up with the private plan, without coverage because my doctors were not signing the ACA plan contracts Blue Cross required. Until the dates to switch insurance opens up, I am now paying almost $400 a month for premiums, and having to get care from "out of network" doctors and I am paying the full boat on all bills. The consequences of the ACA is to give more power to the insurance companies, and add more people to the insurance rolls and Medi Cal. Me? Self employed, middle class.... I'm screwed.Thank you NCJ and Dr Dalton for covering these insurance issues.
Good news. These "mega" growers are more than likely cartel without any concern about the environment they are ruining. If the focus is on the mega grows, great news. Also the Feds need to help with closing down the meth makers and sellers.
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Apr 28, 2016
vol XXVII issue 17
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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