Patient protections are requirements of the health care reform law that are designed to protect patient rights. Examples of patient protections include your right to:
- choose any available participating primary care provider (PCP);
- select any available participating physician who specializes in pediatrics (allopathic or osteopathic) to be your child's PCP;
- have direct access to participating obstetrics or gynecology (OB/GYN) providers.
In addition, prior authorization is not required for emergency services in a true emergency, even if the services are provided by an out-of-network provider.
For more information on patient protections or on health care reform, visit healthcare.gov or uhc.com/reform.
This communication is not intended as legal or tax advice. Please contact a competent legal or tax professional for personal advice on eligibility, tax treatment and restrictions. Federal and state laws and regulations are subject to change.