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Obamacare Insurers May Be Forced to Add Medical Providers

Insurers participating in Obamacare may have to expand their plans to include more federally funded health clinics, safety-net hospitals and other medical providers used by low-income people, under a U.S. proposal.

Health plans offered through government-run insurance exchanges may be required to cover 30 percent of “essential community providers” in their areas in 2015, an increase from 20 percent this year, according to a letter to insurers issued today from the Health and Human Services Department. Insurers’ provider networks will also be reviewed to ensure they provide “reasonable access” to health care.