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Insurer tactics to delay care pushes health equity further away

May FP. Insurer tactics to delay care pushes health equity further away. Capitol Weekly [Internet]. 2023 Jul 31:(Opinion):1. Available from:


Long plagued by racism and discrimination, communities of color lag on many healthcare measures. Eliminating disparities requires increasing access to care and improving outcomes. Unfortunately, some insurance companies are erecting extraordinary barriers that will actually delay necessary treatment for patients - and exacerbate inequities. Case in point: UnitedHealthcare (UHC) just rolled out a nebulous new Advance Notification Program for all commercial plans that will require doctors to gather data at a granular level to order most gastrointestinal (GI) colonoscopy and endoscopy procedures for their patients - an arduous process that will be used to create a "Gold Card" prior authorization program in early 2024.

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