St. Luke’s Health System, the largest health care system in the
The nonprofit subsidiary, called St. Luke’s Health Plan, will bring new coverage options to residents in the west central and south central areas of the state. Enrollment begins in mid-October with plans taking effect in January.
While the new plans will not change who can receive care at the St.
So you may be asking yourself:
When St. Luke announced the decision to enter the health insurance business in August, we asked
“We believe we have all the safeguards in place to make sure there is no monopolistic arrangement or abuse of power,” Cameron told the Statesman by phone. “They had to provide us with documentation to show that consumers would be treated reasonably if they went out of network.”
A spokesman for St. Luke’s main competitor,
Plus, health insurance carriers in the state already work with providers to develop competitive contracts.
“Other states are lucky to have one health plan or two health plans,” Cameron said. “Our insurance carriers work with providers of all kinds to develop the most competitive contracts, and we want them to, because then that gives us as consumers the lowest price.”
He said that St. Luke’s agreed that it would charge all health insurers the same fee for any particular medical service, although there is nothing in the law that requires it.
Cameron said the health system has been transparent and cooperative every step of the way, but he will be careful to ensure market standards and fair trade practices are met.
“They want to be very obedient with us,” he said. “So I’d be surprised if they tried to change that.”
The health system, which has hospitals and clinics around the state, filed its notice of intent to offer health insurance in March with the state’s health insurance department. The initial coverage area will include
“St. Luke’s Health Plan will connect the delivery of care with the financing of care, resulting in a simpler and more affordable health insurance option for our communities,” Wolff said in a news release.
St. Luke’s Hospitals and Clinics will continue to accept most other health insurance plans, according to the release.
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