Expecting to lose patients to other hospitals, Frisbie Memorial Hospital is reaching out to the public, in hopes of being included in the Health Insurance Exchange in New Hampshire.
Under the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, patients with no health insurance will be required to enroll in the Health Insurance Exchange, also known as the State Insurance Marketplace.
In New Hampshire, the only carrier that joined the marketplace so far is Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, which chose not to include Frisbie Memorial Hospital as part of the new network.
Starting Jan. 1, patients with individual health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will not be covered at Frisbie — or the other nine New Hampshire hospitals excluded from the network — unless they are receiving emergency medical care.
As a result, Frisbie patients who become part of the exchange will have to go to other providers for treatment, in some cases finding transportation to travel longer distances, and finding new doctors who are part of the new Anthem network, said Greg Smith, chairman of the board of trustees for Frisbie Memorial Hospital.
“This is about thousands of people that are going to be told they will have to leave their doctors, to whom they’ve been going for years and years,” said Smith. “Their choices have been taken away.”