Mission offers alternatives to Blue Cross

Mission Health promotes other healthcare insurance providers who are in network

Due to a contract dispute, culminating October 4, 2017, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has removed Mission Health, Western North Carolina's largest hospital and provider of healthcare, from being in network.

Both parties are pointing the finger at each, blaming the other for not being fair, and who loses? We the People.

Consequently, Blue Cross Blue Shield, with some exceptions such as emergency care, no longer provides discounts for its customers who choose to use Mission.

Fighting back, Mission is promoting 21 alternative insurance companies that continue to give their customers in-network discounts at Mission.

New website StandWithMission.org promotes other healthcare insurance providers who are in-network with Mission Health

Mission is showing BCBSNC patients they have many other alternatives to BCBSNC insurance coverage.

To do so efficiently, Mission has set up a new website called StandWithMission.org.

Mission's new website is designed to help patients who want to continue to use Mission services, since they have been forced to find alternatives to a Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance policy that no longer includes Mission to be in-network.

Good-bye Blues, Hello Alternatives

Mission is promoting 21 alternative insurance companies other than Blue Cross Blue Shield that consider Mission to be in-network and will continue to give their customers in-network discounts at Mission. These health insurance companies are as follows:

1. Aetna

2. BMS TPA

3. Cigna

4. Coventry

5. CWI Benefits

6. Crescent TPA

7. Humana (CareChoice)

8. Healthgram TPA

9. Key Benefits Administrators TPA

10. MedCost

11. MedCost Ultra

12. MultiPlan PHCS

13. United Healthcare

14. United Behavioral Health

15. WellPath

16. Western North Carolina Healthcare Coalition

17. First Carolina Insurance–First Medicare Direct Healthy State

18. Gateway Medicare Advantage

19. Humana Medicare Advantage

20. United Healthcare Medicare Advantage

21. WellCare Medicare Advantage.


THE BOTTOM LINE: Currently, as of Oct. 4, 2017, BCBSNC members have only three choices:

1. Say good-bye to Mission and find new hospitals, doctors and other health care providers that Blue Cross Blue Shield considers to be in-network, or

2. Continue to use Mission services, but pay more money out of pocket for increased prices, since BCBSNC in-network discounts, for the most part, no longer apply, or

3. Drop Blue Cross Blue Shield in favor of another healthcare insurance company that considers Mission Hospital to be in network, and thus provide discounted prices to its members.


READY TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO THE BLUES?

For more details and information from Mission Health (usually called Mission Hospital by local folks), which is promoting 21 alternative insurance companies that continue to give their patients in-network discounts, visit StandWithMission.org or Click Here>


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