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CMS Orders Broader Obamacare Health Plans in 2015
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Mar. 16, 2014
"Health plans selling on the federal marketplaces in 2015 must include 30 percent of area 'essential community providers,' which are usually health centers and other hospitals serving mostly low-income patients. That's up from a 20 percent requirement in 2014, the first year of expanded overage under the health care law. [CMS] ... will also take a much more active role in reviewing health plan networks. CMS, which outlined the new standards in [its final the 2015 Letter to Issuers, released late Friday, March 14], will evaluate whether the plans include enough access to hospitals, primary care doctors, mental health providers and oncologists."

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