Deal says Piedmont, Blue Cross reach agreement on new contract

[private]Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday afternoon that Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia have reached a “handshake agreement” on a new contract.

“A handshake agreement between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare was made in the governor’s office late this afternoon,” Deal said in a statement.

“Announcement of an agreement in the form of a contract will be made by the contracting parties as soon as possible,” Deal said. “This deal ensures no interruption of coverage for Georgians using Piedmont Healthcare as a provider during the contract dispute.”

Deal met with executives from Blue Cross and Piedmont Monday and once again urged the two sides to try to come together by Tuesday.

The healthcare providers had been unable to agree on a new contract to replace the old one that expired April 1, leaving an estimated 650,000 Georgians having to pay out-of-network costs if they use Piedmont.

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