updated April 2013
The protections assure that consumers can choose the primary care doctor or pediatrician of their choice from their plan’s provider network, and that consumers can visit an OB-GYN without needing a referral. These protections do not apply to grandfathered individual or group plans.
For the most part, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas members already enjoy these protections as they are free to receive services from any member of the company’s contracting network. For 2013, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas network includes 99 percent of all medical doctors and 100 percent of medical facilities in its service area.
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