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Advantages of Narrow Network Plans

advantages of narrow networks

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As health care costs in the United States continue to rise, its costs are outpacing wages. This makes health care coverage less affordable for many workers. Many employers are evaluating their strategies to ensure benefits are sustainable and remain affordable. Some employers are adopting narrow network plans to better meet employee needs and reduce overall health care costs.

Narrow Network Plan

Narrow network plans are designed to help employers contain costs while offering employee value-driven health care. A narrow network provides employees with a limited network of providers. They are plans offered by traditional insurance carriers but provide narrower coverage options. These plan types emphasize the coordination of care, since receiving care within a single health system can result in better communication between doctors and allow for easier medical record access. This can result in patients receiving more effective care and decreasing long-term care needs, while reducing overall health care costs.

Narrow network plans may offer member benefits like telehealth or free health coaching. They can also be paired with either broad or narrow prescription drug plans. But these plans rarely provide out-of-network coverage.


Benefits of a Narrow Network Plan

These plans were designed to be an effective way to control and reduce health care costs. They are often more affordable than traditional health plans. Narrow network providers generally accept lower reimbursement rates. And it can help reduce health care costs overall because it offers a smaller or more narrow network.

Also, narrow network plans generally don’t require referrals to visit specialists. This can provide significant cost savings to employees, especially those with challenging or complicated health conditions.

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Emily Halter-Kinter

Emily Halter-Kinter

Emily Halter-Kinter looks for ways, either large or small, to make a difference each day. She’s outgoing and really loves what she does. Emily enjoys working closely with her clients to provide the best care. As Account Manager for National Insurance Services, Emily works with schools, cities, and counties in Wisconsin on their health insurance, wellness plans, benefit communication, and retirement incentives. She oversees new client implementation, takes policy-related questions, and meets directly with clients to explain their benefits. Emily is a licensed insurance agent and has over 20 years of insurance experience.