Who Will Take Care of Me? What Are the Networks?

Insurance plans in the marketplace must contract with doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and other providers to make sure patients have access to medical care. These are the “networks” you keep hearing about. 

When you sign up for an insurance plan, you’ll be able to pick a doctor or hospital from those networks to take care of you. But keep in mind that not all plans have the same networks, and some of them might have only a few doctors and hospitals to choose from in your area. So you’ll want to do some homework before you buy insurance to make sure you can get the care you are looking for.

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