Local health care network to stop participating in major insurance network

Local health care network to stop participating in major insurance network

On Tues., The health insurance company announced it's expanding its network to cover UnityPoint Health Methodist.

Also on Tuesday Unity Point Health in Peoria announced that they would be picking up Blue Cross Blue Shield as well.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of IL announced plans to drop three OSF Healthcare hospitals from it's PPO network.

But once that deal was terminated Cottage announced they will begin accepting Blue Cross starting January 1, right as OSF facilities like St. Mary's will be dropping it.

"Blue Cross and Blue Shield of IL is committed to our members, our group customers, as well as the communities we serve".

According to a release issued by OSF Healthcare on Tuesday, Illinoisans with Blue Cross and Blue Shield PPO plans will only be able to access care at hospitals owned by OSF Healthcare using out-of-network benefits. "OSF is open to future discussions with BCBSIL to avoid a disruption to patients", OSF said in a statement.

State Farm spokeswoman Missy Dundov said, "It is too early to tell what, if any, impact this will have on our associates' health care needs as OSF and BCBSIL said they are open to continued negotiations".

"All of OSF HealthCare is participating in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield PPO network through the end of 2017", OSF added.

"BCBS is the largest nongovernmental (not including Medicaid and Medicare) payer for the OSF providers, including hospitals", Billings said.

Individuals who wish to switch to new plans do have options, OSF said in its statement.

"I understand that business decisions can be hard", Eschbach allowed, "however, I strongly encourage OSF St. Elizabeth to reconsider their participation in the network in order to continue to provide affordable medical care to Ottawa, and La Salle County, residents".

OSF HealthCare announced on its website starting January 1, 2018 all of its IL hospitals will be impacted, with the exception of Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton. "However, it was necessary under the existing contracts that 90-day notice be given". If an employee is in an open enrollment period, and their employer offers multiple options, OSF hospitals are participating in most other national and local managed care plans, the organization said.

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