Fight threatens thousands of Californians' health coverage

Jan 19, 2015 11:39 AM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A contract dispute between health insurance provider Blue Shield of California and the Sutter Health network of doctors and hospitals is threatening to force nearly 280,000 consumers in Northern and Central California to find new doctors.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Blue Shield notified more than 139,000 customers last week that they should be prepared to leave the Sutter Health network. Another 140,000 customers are expected to receive the same warning later this month.

At issue is the contract between Sutter and Blue Shield. The last contract expired on Dec. 31, and Sutter says Blue Shield is proposing to cut payments to the health care provider substantially.

Blue Shield says Sutter charges 18 to 30 percent more than other providers.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle

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