Anthem partners with Summit, Eagle hospitals to offer cheaper health plan
In an effort to address high health insurance premiums in Colorado’s mountain communities, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado created a new plan in partnership with two hospitals in the High Country and the region’s leading health care provider.
Working in collaboration with Centura Health — which includes St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, Mercy Regional Medical Center and a network of about 75 providers in Summit, La Plata and Montezuma counties — and Vail Valley Medical Center in Eagle County, Anthem announced Thursday, Sept. 11, that it will offer its new Mountain Enhanced HMO plan to residents of those four counties.
The plan’s premiums will be 8 percent cheaper than Anthem’s 2015 Pathway HMO, another plan residents in these four counties can choose, said Joyzelle Davis, spokeswoman for Anthem.
After months of working toward an agreement, the hospitals approved charging Anthem lower rates, allowing Anthem to charge its clients less for premiums.
The plan will be exclusive to the Centura Health network and Vail Valley Medical Center and encourages residents to visit local facilities for their health care.
Though rates are still pending approval by the state Division of Insurance, Davis said a 40-year-old nonsmoker on the bronze Mountain Enhanced plan would pay $311.55 a month.
The plan will be available to consumers both on and off the Colorado health exchange marketplace with coverage beginning Jan. 1.
“Centura Health is more than a health care provider, we are a community partner, and are working hard to find solutions that meet the health care needs of consumers,” said Gary Campbell, president and CEO of Centura Health. “Our partnership with Anthem to create this exclusive mountain health plan helps us carry out our combined vision to deliver optimal health care value and support population health management. By making health care more accessible and affordable in our mountain communities, we will ensure consumers receive high-quality, convenient care, at an affordable cost.”
Mountain Enhanced Blue will be available to individuals purchasing insurance both on and off the Connect for Colorado Health Exchange, which begins enrollment for 2015 on Nov. 15.
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