Implementing the Affordable Care Act: State Regulation of Marketplace Plan Provider Networks

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Health plans with relatively narrow provider networks have generated widespread debate, mainly concerning the level of regulatory oversight necessary to ensure plans provide consumers meaningful access to care. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created the first federal standard for network adequacy in the commercial insurance market for plans offered through the law’s insurance marketplaces. However, states continue to play a primary role in setting and enforcing network rules. This brief examines state network adequacy standards for marketplace plans in the 50 states and District of Columbia.

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Date: May 2015
Author: The Commonwealth Fund