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Narrow networks are here to stay

Check out our column in the Huffington Post: 

"Open enrollment closed last month, and healthcare watchers have been counting the winners and losers. One indisputable winner is the narrow network. Plans that feature one are the fastest growing insurance products on the market. According to the McKinsey Center for U.S. Health Reform, half of the plans on the exchange have them. 

Many criticize these plans for not including enough medical providers in their networks. The insurance companies defend them saying that they help keep costs down. Often lost in this debate is the answer to 'Why now?' In other words, if these networks keep costs down, then why has the insurance industry waited until now to offer them?"

Check out the full colum here: Narrow networks are here to stayIf you enjoyed this post, you may also like "Healthcare consolidation: What consumers need to know."

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