Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare reaches agreement with BCBST

Published: Jun. 14, 2023 at 5:49 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) announced Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) regarding its employer-based and marketplace plans.

The agreement restores in-network access to care for those who have coverage through an employer or through an individual plan.

”We are pleased to have reached an agreement after months of advocating for the best interests our patients,” said Michael Ugwueke, president and CEO of MLH. “We look forward to continuing to provide the safest and highest quality care in the Mid-South community for all we are privileged to serve.”

“We appreciate the patience and support of our members and group customers as we worked to reach a deal with Methodist Le Bonheur that lowers health care prices for our fellow Memphians,” said Kevin Woods, Memphis market president for BlueCross. “This disruption was unfortunate but necessary in order to bring meaningful savings to our members in the form of lower premiums.

“We also want to thank the rest of the health care community here in Memphis, especially our provider partners at Baptist Memorial Health Care, for their ongoing efforts to provide care to our members.”

Agreements on BlueCare Tennessee, TennCare Select, CoverKids and Dual Special Needs Plan (D-SNP) plans were previously reached in February 2023.

Members who have questions may call the number on the back of their member ID for support.

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