Austin’s largest provider of cancer treatment won’t participate in health insurance plans offered though the marketplace set up by the Affordable Care Act, leaving some patients facing substantially higher medical bills.
The decision by Texas Oncology, which is also the largest independent cancer practice in Texas, is not unique. Other Central Texas health care providers, from smaller cancer treatment centers, to solo practitioners, to Austin Regional Clinic — one of the area’s largest physician practice groups — are holding off on joining some of the ACA networks because they are unsure how the law will affect them and their finances.
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Calculate the impact
To use a calculator (courtesy of the Kaiser Family Foundation) that illustrates health insurance premiums and subsidies for people purchasing insurance through the new health care marketplace, see statesman.com/healthcare.
HEALTH CARE IN-DEPTH
This is one in a series of articles on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Central Texas. See more Statesman coverage of the coming health care changes online at statesman.com/healthcare.
Find more help
Health insurance marketplace contacts:
National toll-free number, 800-318-2596
In Central Texas, call United Way at 211
For online enrollment, go to www.healthcare.gov
For in-person enrollment locations:
• CommUnityCare, 512-978-9015
• Lone Star Circle of Care, 877-800-5722