Narrow networks, as a concept, is racing through the U.S. health care system, largely in response to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

A study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that examined health insurance company plan design trends in six states offers more evidence that narrow networks will increasingly be the vehicle for reining in premiums and reducing the cost of coverage to the provider.

The study, prepared by researchers at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute—Center on Health Insurance Reforms, gathered data from carriers operating in Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Virginia.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.