Which Top Hospitals Take Your Health Insurance Under Obamacare?

Think having insurance automatically means having access to all the top hospitals? Not necessarily.

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Americans who sign up for Obamacare will be getting a big surprise if they expect to access premium health care that may have been previously covered under their personal policies. Most of the top hospitals will accept insurance from just one or two companies operating under Obamacare, Watchdog.org reports. The organization looked at the top 18 hospitals nationwide as ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2013-2014, contacting each hospital to determine their contracts and talking to several insurance companies as well. Here's what they found (for more details, read Top Hospitals Opt Out of Obamacare).

Rank* Hospital Insurance Accepted**
1 Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore All insurance companies, per state law
2 Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston All insurance companies, per state law
3 Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Blue Cross (silver plan only)
4 Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio Medical Mutual of Ohio
5 UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net
6 Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago Land of Lincoln, Blue Cross
7 New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell UnitedHealthCare, EmblemHealth, Aetna
8 UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco Anthem Blue Cross
9 Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston All insurance companies, per state law
10 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, UPMC Health Plan, Health America
11 Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Aetna Independence, Blue Cross
12 Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. Coventry Health Care, Blue Cross
13 Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles Health Net
14 NYU Langone Medical Center, New York UnitedHealthCare, Affinity Health System, Fidelis Care
15 Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis Coventry Health Care
16 Indiana University Health Academic Health Center, Indianapolis MDWise
17 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia Independence Blue Cross, Aetna
18 University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland Anthem Blue Cross, HealthSpan, SummaCare, SuperMed

*Source: U.S. News & World Report

**Source: Tori Richards, Watchdog.org

Corrected 11/1/13: No. 16-ranked Indiana University Health Academic Health Center accepts insurance from MDWise, not Indiana University Health Plans, as stated in an earlier version of this article.

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