Beginning January 1, 2014, Americans who purchased a health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace (often referred to as the “Exchange”) on or before December 24, 2013 are now covered by those plans. Health care providers can expect to see an influx of new patients, many of whom may not be familiar with the coverage options of their new plans or the documentation they need to bring with them to appointments. As a result, providers should expect to spend a great deal of time and energy in the coming months verifying patients’ coverage.

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