By Michelle Andrews

September 22, 2017

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If you've got a plan offered on the federal health law's insurance

marketplace and you're looking for a therapist, you may have to look really

hard: The average provider network includes only 11 percent of all the

mental health care providers in a given market, according to a

 recent study.


An average marketplace plan's network, the study added, includes just under

a quarter of all psychiatrists and 10 percent of all non-physician mental

health care providers. Non-physician mental health care providers included

psychologists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and  behavioral

specialists, counselors and therapists with master's or doctoral degrees.