NCQA stands for the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The NCQA is a private, non-profit organization focused on assessing the quality of health care provided. The NCQA provides accreditation to a wide range of health care organizations, including health plans that meet its quality standards. When you see the NCQA seal on a health plan's materials, that indicates that the plan has met certain quality standards, such as following clinical guidelines for providing preventative care.

You can use NCQA accreditation status to compare health plans. Beginning in the fall of 2021, NCQA will assign ratings from 1 to 5, with 5 being the top rating. Each year, the NCQA provides rankings for health plans on its web site.

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