When health plans design their provider networks, they need to ensure that these networks are adequate and provide meaningful access to care. The Affordable Care Act established the first-ever federal rights guaranteeing private insurance consumers access to adequate networks.
What makes up an “adequate” network of health care providers for consumers from diverse racial and ethnic groups? Our new brief describes policies to help achieve such networks—and strategies to put these policies in place.
Outlines five key elements of consumer-friendly health insurance marketplaces (also known as exchanges) offers tips for making sure plans sold in those marketplaces meet consumers' needs .
Examines four kinds of protections states have put in place that are designed to protect low-income, uninsured, or underinsured Americans from medical debt