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Insurance commissioner's new rules focus on adequate provider networks

Insurance commissioner's new rules focus on adequate provider networks

Source: Puget Sound Business Journal

SeattleChildren’s announced that it hastreated approximately 125 patients who lost contracted access to SeattleChildren’s when new plans on Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange becameeffective at the beginning of the year. Those patients, whose ailments rangefrom craniofacial disorders to a neck mass, were all treated by SeattleChildren’s regardless of their Exchange plan coverage, but continued access tothe hospital remains in question. This is a dire situation for our patients,”said Dr. Sandy Melzer, senior vicepresident of Seattle Children’s, in a statement.

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Seattle Children’s mission is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Institute and Foundation deliver superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients.

Ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. As one of the nation's top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more. Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation works with the Seattle Children’s Guild Association, the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care and research.

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