Negotiations continue for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
employer-based and Marketplace plans
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare today announced they have reached an agreement regarding BlueCare Tennessee health plans that serve Tennessee Medicaid members.
Effective immediately, the new agreement supports in-network access to Methodist and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital facilities for members covered by BlueCare Tennessee, TennCareSelect, CoverKids and BlueCare Plus, the Dual Special Needs Plan (D-SNP).
“We’re pleased to continue our vital and beneficial work alongside Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for the people of West Tennessee,” said Amber Cambron, president and CEO of BlueCare Tennessee. “This contract ensures that BlueCare members will be able to access health care, long-term support services, childhood wellness visits and more with support from the teams they trust.”
BlueCare Tennessee has managed health care for Tennesseans on behalf of the TennCare Medicaid program since its creation in 1994. The program works proactively to help members overcome obstacles to getting needed care and provides support to communities across the state. Currently, BlueCare serves more than 630,000 members statewide, including roughly 200,000 members in West Tennessee.
“We are grateful to our provider partners in the Memphis area who delivered vital support for BlueCare members while we worked to reach agreement,” said Cambron.
BCBST and Methodist leaders continue negotiations toward an agreement that would restore access for members covered through their employer or an individually purchased health plan. BlueCross Medicare Advantage members are not impacted by this dispute.
For additional information about BlueCare Tennessee, visit bcbstnews.com.
About BlueCare Tennessee®
BlueCare Tennessee, a wholly owned subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, manages care and provides quality health care products, services, and information for state Medicaid programs. BlueCare currently serves more than 630,000 members.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is a taxpaying, not-for-profit health plan serving more than 3.3 million members in Tennessee and around the country. The Chattanooga-based company was founded in 1945 and has served members and local communities for more than 75 years. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company’s news center at bcbstnews.com.