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Work continues on insurance network rules

The New Hampshire Insurance Department said network adequacy requirements for health plans should focus more on making sure consumers have adequate access to different types of services rather than providers.

The state’s network adequacy standards have been in the spotlight since the department approved Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s narrow network for individual health plans sold through the Affordable Care Act. More companies will be offering plans next year, likely easing some concerns, but officials have said the rules were ripe for revision given how much health care has changed since they were enacted in 2001.

The insurance department’s policy analyst, Tyler Brannen outlined a framework for the revisions at a meeting Thursday. The goal is to have new standards in effect for 2016 insurance policies.

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