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State health connector adds provider search

People who buy their health insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector now can search for a plan that includes their family doctor or preferred clinic or hospital system.

The Connector, which operates the state’s online marketplace for qualifying plans, announced this morning that it has added the provider search function to its website, at www.MAhealthconnector.org. Users can choose a category of plans based on cost and coverage limits and then search within those plans for the ones that include care from their favorite doctors.

“A key criterion that people use to determine which plan they will purchase is whether or not specific providers accept that plan,’’ Executive Director Glen Shor said in a press release. “What was already a transparent shopping experience just got even easier for consumers.’’

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Two weeks remain in the open enrollment period in which people can buy into the individual market or switch plans. That window closes on Aug. 15 and won’t open again until next July, except for those who qualify under provisions that allow certain people to buy outside of the designated period.

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