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In 2016, ACA marketplace plans offered provider networks that were far narrower for mental health care than for primary care. On average, plan networks included 24 percent of all primary care providers and 11 percent of all mental health care providers in a given market. Just 43 percent of psychiatrists and 19 percent of nonphysician mental health providers participate in any network. These findings raise important questions about network sufficiency, consumer choice, and access to mental health care in marketplace plans.

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ACA, marketplace, mental health, PCP

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Jane M. Zhu, Yuehan Zhang, and Daniel Polsky. Networks In ACA Marketplaces Are Narrower For Mental Health Care Than For Primary Care, Health Affairs, September 2017.


Date Posted: 31 October 2017