Deal says state will absorb out-of-network medical costs in Blue Cross dispute

[private]Gov. Nathan Deal said the state and the University System will absorb out-of-network claims for affected employees for up to 30 days during the current contract dispute between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare.

Deal also urged the two parties to return to the negotiating table on behalf of the nearly 600,000 employees, retirees and their families affected by the recent contract disruption.

“My administration will not sit idly by during this contract dispute and leave our state and university system employees, teachers and their families in the balance,” Deal said. “My top priority is the well-being of our members.”

“If an equitable solution is not reached, I’ve directed the Department of Community Health and the State Health Benefit Plan to explore all possible solutions to ensure our members have access to care,” Deal said.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle also sent a letter to the negotiating parties and asked them “to immediately resolve this stalemate and honor the commitment to the thousands of families that depend on their services.”

Piedmont and Blue Cross have been at loggerheads in negotiations over a new contract to replace the one that expired April 1, with no resolution currently in sight.

© 2018 by The Georgia Report

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