Healthcare.gov can't tell consumers whether they can keep their doctors

Consumers can’t go to healthcare.gov to learn whether their doctors participate in an Obamacare-approved health care plan because the website doesn’t include such information.

That’s because federal officials were so eager to approve insurer health plans for the exchanges, they didn’t ask how many doctors, hospitals, labs and clinics were participating in each plan, according to a key health insurance industry trade association executive.

Federal officials “weren’t counting and saying, ‘How many providers do you have, how many hospital systems?’” said Jessica Waltman, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Association of Health Underwriters…

Waltman said federal cost-cutting pressures on insurers are forcing them to reduce the number of doctors and other providers in their networks.

The result is that consumers must choose among provider networks with fewer doctors and hospitals.