Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is defending its proposal to transfer about 9,000 Maine residents from their current coverage plans to plans that exclude several hospitals.
Anthem officials testified in front of insurance regulators Monday regarding its partnership with MaineHealth for the plan it’s offering on the health care exchange under the federal health care overhaul.
The Anthem-MaineHealth plan leaves out six Southern Maine hospitals, which means some people would no longer be able to see doctors there unless they switch insurers.
Critics say that limits residents’ right to choose their doctors and will force people to drive farther for care.
But Anthem officials say that the narrower network will mean lower costs for consumers and still allows people to choose different insurers’ plan to maintain their same doctors.