Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Waives Contract Clause That Hindered Connecticut Health Insurance Plan

A Connecticut health insurance program may have an easier time contracting with hospitals after the state’s largest insurer, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield agreed to waive a clause in its own contracts.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Connecticut has a clause in its contracts with medical providers that requires hospitals to offer them the same discounts offered to other insurers. The arrangement made it difficult for Connecticut health insurance subsidized Charter Oak health plan program to secure contracts with hospitals.

As of last month, hospitals that currently do not participate in the Charter Oak Connecticut health insurance plan included Bristol, Danbury, Day Kimball in Putnam, Griffin in Derby, Johnson Memorial in Stafford Springs, Lawrence & Memorial in New London, Middlesex, Midstate in Meriden, Milford, Norwalk, St. Francis, St. Vincent’s, Stamford, Waterbury and Windham.

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