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Expensive plans don't mean large provider networks

The highest priced plans available on a health insurance exchange don't necessarily have the best benefits, says a new analysis from the U.S. News & World Report.

How to form high-quality narrow networks

Despite public controversy over narrow networks, plans with smaller networks aren't necessarily bad, according to Ezekiel Emanuel, a former White House health adviser who helped design the Affordable Care Act.

Public holds mixed views of narrow network plans

Overall, more Americans prefer costlier, wide-network health insurance plans over cheaper, narrow network products, but the reverse is true for potential exchange customers, according to a new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

OIG: Preferred hospital network doesn't violate anti-kickback statute

The Office of Inspector General won't impose sanctions on the use of "preferred hospital" networks as part of certain Medicare Supplemental Health Insurance policies, the agency said in an advisory opinion.

Doc group wants tighter restrictions for narrow networks

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and state regulators should guarantee that insurers don't choose which providers to include within their networks solely based on costs, the American College of Physicians (ACP) said Tuesday in its annual report on the state of healthcare.

Cut from a health plan? 3 ways to fight back

Although a federal judge in Connecticut temporarily blocked UnitedHealthcare from dropping an estimated 2,200 physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan, experts fear the victory could be temporary, according to a post from  Physicians Practice.

Let consumers decide if they want narrow networks

On Thursday, we wrote that former U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said the Obama administration must find simple solutions to the complex problem of exchange enrollment....

Answers to 3 questions can shape healthcare reform success

The healthcare reform law aims to provide access to healthcare to more people. Whether it can achieve that goal still remains to be seen, but the answers to some key questions raised in The Atlantic could determine whether reform will succeed or fail.

Narrow networks trigger regulatory, legal action

State officials are fighting back against insurers offering health plans with narrow networks, in some cases taking regulatory action as well as introducing legislation and even lawsuits.

AHIP: Allow insurers to cut Medicare Advantage networks

If the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services stops insurers from adjusting their Medicare Advantage networks and taking other steps to offset federal funding cuts, America's Health Insurance Plans warns benefits could shrink and out-of-pocket costs could grow.