Protestors urge insurance agreement

    Temple doctors and Keystone Mercy health insurance continue to work on a contract

    A dozen members of the advocacy group ACORN protested in front of Temple Hospital this afternoon (2/26). They urged doctors there not to drop the city’s largest Medicaid plan.

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    Acorn members tapped their walking canes and passed out flyers during a rally urging Temple doctors and Keystone Mercy health insurance to reach an agreement. The doctors are considering rejecting the medical assistance plan after April 30 because they say it does not reimburse enough for care.

    Bufford: I can understand why a lot of the hospitals and doctors are getting upset with them. But I just hope they need find someplace for these peoples to go.

    Protestor Gloria Bufford says Temple needs to make sure its patients get care, especially with concerns over the viability of some city health centers. About 7,000 Keystone Mercy members use Temple University Health System. Both Temple and Keystone Mercy said in written statements that they are working on a new contract.

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