EPOs are a relatively new type of plan that limits coverage to in-network providers — except for medical emergencies. They are often considered hybrid insurance policies.
For 2016, consumers will find 60% more EPOs being sold through the federal insurance exchange, Healthcare.gov, than they did this year. They are also available in some cases to people who get their health benefits at work.
Their growing popularity has to do with efforts to control rising costs.
But experts say that most people have never heard of an EPO or have any idea what they are or what the coverage means for them.
Read about it in this Health Care Watch column at the Los Angeles Times.