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Association Expresses Concern Over Lack of ECPs in QHP Networks

In an Aug. 16 letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), America’s Essential Hospitals and other provider groups expressed concern over a lack of essential community providers (ECPs) in health plans that will be sold through health insurance exchanges. ECPs are providers that serve predominantly low-income and medically underserved patients. America’s Essential Hospitals remains concerned that despite the Affordable Care Act requirement that plans sold through the exchanges include ECPs in their provider networks, many networks do not include a sufficient number of ECPs. In the letter, America’s Essential Hospitals and nine other organizations urged HHS to “place a special emphasis on robust essential community provider participation” as it certifies qualified health plans for the exchanges.

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