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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - Caroline Pearson
The hunt for a health plan that would cover a particular drug or a favorite doctor proved particularly frustrating for many consumers navigating the new insurance exchanges under the federal government's health care overhaul, according to a report released Monday.
"It was very difficult for consumers to get a more nuanced view of what their plans covered," Pearson said.
"Many chronic conditions rely on medications for management and to keep people out of the hospital," Pearson said. "If your drug is not covered, then you're responsible for the full cost or you have to switch to a different drug. The impact on the patient could be several thousands of dollars a year."