Any Willing Provider Law


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Any Willing Provider Law

In health care, a law requiring an insurer or a managed care organization to allow policyholders to receive treatment from any provider willing to accept the fee the insurer offers, even if he/she is not in the insurer's network of approved providers. About half of U.S. states have any willing provider statutes.
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"The any willing provider law was passed to deal with network access, not payment rates," she said.
There is also reason to believe that any willing provider laws were not actively enforced during the time period studied by the authors because of a court order in 1997 blocking Arkansas' broad-based any willing provider law, passed in 1995 (Crowley 2003; McLean and Richards 2003; Bleed 2004a).
ARKANSAS' "ANY WILLING provider law was a product of the 1990s--which means, of course, that there's a Nick Wilson story in there somewhere.
Supreme Court approved a similar any willing provider law in Kentucky.
Recently, the people who bottled up the any willing provider law in court have been at it again, claiming exclusive provider networks are the only way to save money for patients.
In short, Arkansans deserve the any willing provider law.
Examples include community rating, premium increase limitations, further "commoditizing" the market i.e., Any Willing Provider laws, mandated benefits, make the purchase of health insurance more affordable/attractive, changes in rules regarding portability, tax credits, or premium subsidies that could result in unmanaged growth, or even eliminate the current private market (national health care).
The spread of state any willing provider laws. Health Services Research, 33(5), 1537-1562.
Inadequate Legal Protection State regulation of MCOs in the form of Any Willing Provider laws (AWP) provides little protection for NPs.