Network Adequacy in Maryland: A Coalition Report on Provider Directories and Women’s Access to Health Care Services

The Maryland Women's Coalition for Health Care Reform recently released a report on OBGYN providers available through the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. Our report found that of the 1,493 providers listed, only 22.5% were able to provide a well woman exam within four weeks. 

Why were only 490 available? The answer lies mainly in the inaccuracy of the data that is in the online directory consumers use to purchase Qualified Health Plans on Maryland Health Connection. This creates unconscionable challenges for women trying to access an OB/GYN.

"We knew there was a problem with the provider directories that would have a broad impact on all consumers and we have provided a set of recommendations to address these," said Leni Preston, Coalition Chair. 

  • To read or download a full copy of the report with recommendations, click here.
  • Read the Baltimore Sun coverage of the report here.
  • See what state Insurance leaders had to say about the report in the Baltimore Business Journal.
  • Read our recent Letter to the Editor about the directory and variations in hospital costs.