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Exchange considering ways to improve doctor directories

Exchange considering ways to improve doctor directories

The board that oversees Maryland's online health insurance marketplace is considering several ways to improve the accuracy of its doctor directories, but consumers might not see major changes for another two years.

Advocacy groups for mental health and maternity care have criticized the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange this year for its outdated directories.

The remedies being considered by the exchange include requiring insurance companies, which provide the doctor lists to the state, to come up with a plan to improve the directories. They also are looking at creating a way to allow consumers to report inaccuracies, which then could be passed on to the carriers, a method that...