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A Certain Kind of Health Insurance Plan Suddenly Isn’t Available in Houston

If you’re one of many Houstonians who purchased health insurance through the federal exchange established by the Affordable Care Act, or in the individual market, there’s a certain kind of health care plan no longer available from most major insurance companies in Greater Houston for 2016. Preferred Provider Organization plans, or PPOs, are often more […]

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If you're one of many Houstonians who purchased health insurance through the federal exchange established by the Affordable Care Act, or in the individual market, there's a certain kind of health care plan no longer available from most major insurance companies in Greater Houston for 2016.

Preferred Provider Organization plans, or PPOs, are often more expensive but offer patients more choices in doctors and health care facilities. Come next year, those plans will still be available through many employers who offer health insurance, but hard to find for individuals.

Michael Hagerty talks with Houston Chronicle writer Jenny Deam about healthcare consumers affected by the change. Deam starts with the story of a local woman named Martha who's affected by this issue.

MORE: Loss of Insurance Plans Could Devastate Cancer Patients (Houston Chronicle, Oct. 31, 2015)

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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