Insurers Face New Pressure Over Limited Doctor Choice

Posted by Dave Berry

Regulators, Lawmakers Look at Ways to Increase Number of Providers

By Anna Wilde Mathews and Christopher Weaver

Insurers are facing pressure from regulators and lawmakers about plans that offer limited choices of doctors and hospitals, a tactic the industry said is vital to keep down coverage prices in the new health law’s marketplaces.

This week, federal regulators proposed a tougher review process for the doctors and hospitals in plans to be sold next year through HealthCare.gov, a shift that could force insurers to expand those networks.

Meantime, regulators in states including Washington and New Hampshire are ramping up their own scrutiny, and lawmakers in Mississippi and Pennsylvania, among others, are weighing bills that could force plans to add more hospitals and doctors.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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