WellPoint Switching to Narrow Provider Strategy

In order to prepare for industry changes, health insurer WellPoint is switching to narrow provider networks in 2014.  Narrow networks can lower health insurance premiums by eliminating high cost providers.  WellPoint has established narrow networks in its 14 Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliate states to support narrow network health plans that are sold through the insurance exchange.  Policymakers and excluded providers say narrow networks limit access to care.

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