BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Enloe Medical Center and Anthem Blue Cross have reached a contract agreement, according to Michael Bowman, public relations director for Anthem Blue Cross.
The contract is a multi-year deal effective through Dec. 31, 2021.
Enloe Medical Center announced that it was cutting ties with the insurance giant in November of 2018 and the two companies have been negotiating an agreement ever since.
Representatives from Enloe said that one of the main motivators behind the proposed change was due to lack of compensation for physicians.
However, the two companies have reached an agreement.
Anthem Blue Cross released the following statement regarding the agreement reached.
“Anthem Blue Cross is pleased that this agreement will allow patients to continue to choose to receive care from Enloe. Our members remained our number one priority as we worked hard and in good faith to find common ground and reach an agreement that helps achieve greater affordability. We value the relationships we have with the providers in our network, which are important to creating choices for our consumers and fulfilling our mission of simplifying healthcare and improving the lives of the people in the communities we serve.”
There are currently 3,400 Enloe Medical Center employees and roughly 300 City of Chico employees that are insured by the agency, not to mention thousands of employees at Chico State as well. Medi-Cal and Medicare patients were not affected by the contract negotiations.
Enloe Medical Center released the following statement regarding the agreement reached:
"Enloe Medical Center would like to thank the community for its patience and the teams on both sides of the negotiation for working through the details of our commercial insurance contract with Anthem Blue Cross. We believe the new agreement better serves the needs of our community."
This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates.
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