Catholic Health Eyes ‘Tiered’ Insurance Plans to Control Costs

Catholic Health, its affiliated doctors and Independent Health announced Wednesday that they will offer a new health insurance option next year that lowers premiums in exchange for a more limited number of hospitals.“Narrow” or “tiered” network health plans represent a trend sweeping the country as employers demand relief from skyrocketing health insurance costs.They indicate a future in which many insured patients will face restrictions in choice of medical providers, and a blurring of the lines between hospitals and insurers.