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N.H. Insurance Dept. To Hold Hearing On Provider Rules

The New Hampshire Insurance Department is holding a public hearing to explain the standards it uses to approve provider networks for health insurance plans.

Monday's hearing was requested by Rochester's Frisbie Memorial Hospital, which is fighting its exclusion from the narrow network Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield created for individual plans sold under the federal health care overhaul law. The hospital's lawyer plans to argue that the insurance company submitted an incomplete application to state regulators, who then approved it without the necessary scrutiny.

Anthem says its network meets state standards, and the insurance department says it followed the rules in approving it.

Representatives from other excluded hospitals, along with patients and health care providers, are expected to attend the hearing.