Bills aim to advance network transparency

Democratic lawmakers in Maine have proposed bills to enhance transparency among the state's health insurance companies, the Associated Press reported. Under one measure, insurers must clearly demonstrate in marketing and informational materials which hospitals are excluded from plans. The other bill requires insurers to disclose to providers why they aren't included in the network. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is defending its network selection process, while noting that Maine's Bureau of Insurance already reviews whether a network effectively meets residents' needs. Article

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