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Beware: Health insurers shaving networks

By Stacey Singer - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

As consumers begin to comparison shop “Obamacare” health plans, a new problem has emerged: Some lower cost plans may have such limited provider options that the nearest in-network hospital could be about 30 miles away for people living in northern and western Palm Beach County.

Consumers shopping for health insurance plans typically focus on price, understandably, experts say. But this year, more than ever, they need to hold a magnifying glass to plans’ networks, the doctors and hospitals willing to accept their coverage.

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