Private Payer Issues

AAFP's Response to UnitedHealthcare's Narrowing Networks

The AAFP has sent letters to UnitedHealthcare (United), America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

These letters collectively voice concerns regarding United’s one-sided actions that disrupt patient-physician relationships and dictate to patients which doctor they are allowed to see with little to no input from the patients themselves.

The letters end with the desire to set up an ongoing dialogue to better understand the current state, determination, and effects of narrow or high-value networks.


The AAFP Private Sector Advocacy team represents family physicians’ interests to non-governmental agencies. We negotiate with insurance companies, employers, health plans, and more to help you get better work conditions.

We’re working to save you time and money with:

  • Better payment
  • Fairer contracts
  • Less administrative hassle

Having a problem with a payer? Follow these steps:

  1. Contact the payer directly.
  2. Reach out to your local chapter for help.
  3. If the problem persists, contact the AAFP at (800) 274-2237.

Narrowing Networks

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