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New Challenges for Doctors When Healthcare Law Kicks in

Arkansas doctors are concerned about making sure all patients are taken care of now that so many people are signed up for health insurance for the first time.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - There are new challenges coming for doctors when the new national healthcare law kicks in later this year.

Some Arkansas doctors are concerned about making sure all their patients are taken care of now that so many people are signed up for health insurance for the first time. 

Following a rocky rollout of the federal health care law, doctors say now that more Arkansans are covered, their priority becomes getting new patients scheduled for visits. 

"The one thing is getting them in because there are so many of them and we've been bumrushed trying to get everyone scheduled. The other challenge is the ones that haven't signed up for the Affordable Care Act don't know how to do it, so much so we have other patients help patients sign up, training staff to teach people to sign up," says Dr. Derek Lewis of Little Rock.

Dr. Lewis says overall he feels the Affordable Care Act is good - more people now have access to medication and there will be less visits to the emergency rooms. 

The deadline to sign up for coverage is in March.
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