California Issues Emergency Regulation on Access to Healthcare Providers

During his second inauguration, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, announced a new emergency regulation relating to access to healthcare providers.  According to an accompanying press release,

The emergency regulation . . .  addresses the problems identified with access to doctors, hospitals, and other medical providers in 2014, as many health insurers reduced their medical provider networks and/or shifted to offering Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) health insurance products with no out-of-network benefits. Consumers complained of having trouble getting appointments with doctors, traveling long distances to …

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