A plan that hasn't been given a "seal of approval" by an independent company to show it meets national quality standards for health plans.
There are many reasons why a health plan may not be accredited.
• Some plans have never gone through the accreditation process or have gone through the process with a different accrediting organization.
• Other plans are too new to be accredited or have started but not finished the accreditation process.
♦ Accreditation helps identify health plans that have important consumer protections and a commitment to quality and value.