Big Changes from Blue Cross and Blue Shield in 2016 Health Plan Insurance Coverage
ROCHELLE, IL—December 8, 2015--Rochelle Community Hospital is advising patients to evaluate their individual insurance plans to make sure their local physician and hospital will remain in their provider network after January 1, 2016. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois have made big changes in their health plan insurance coverage. BCBS has dropped approximately 50% of their Illinois physician and hospital access for the 2016 plan year. This change includes plans sold through the Affordable Care Act on the Federal Insurance Marketplace website and by private insurance brokers. Rochelle Community Hospital and our hospital employed physicians will no longer be considered in network or provide services for these plans.
Blue Cross group plans that are purchased for employees by their employer will remain in network. The same applies to BCBS plans that are supplemental to traditional Medicare, (known as Medigap plans). Both of these types of plans will be considered in network for Rochelle Community Hospital and our physicians.
The elimination of the plan by BCBS has left thousands of Blue Cross customers across Illinois facing the prospect they may not be able to continue to see their family physicians or go to their local hospitals with full in network benefits. The Chicago Tribune recently indicated in their November 27, 2015 publication one-fourth of the individuals and families in Illinois (approximately 173,000 people) who bought insurance through the marketplace will be without coverage with their local providers.
Rochelle Community Hospital is currently in network for other options available on the Marketplace, including HealthAlliance, Aetna/Coventry, Humana and Land of Lincoln. The hospital encourages residents in our service area to carefully research their options before choosing their 2016 coverage. Should you have additional questions, you may call your health plan and ask if RCH is part of their network or call our patient accounts department and ask for Chris or Doris at 815-562-2181.
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