The county was among a handful of employers that responded to the
The two companies are deadlocked over Hendrick's request for a reimbursement rate increase.
At the heart of the dispute, Hendrick is arguing that its medical system has not received a raise in compensation from the insurance company in four years.
"I think what we're asking for is similar rates that are paid to similar-size hospitals that are just like us," said
"This would add millions of dollars annually to our members' costs and is the equivalent of 27 times the current rate of inflation," said Dr.
If not resolved by a
Shortly after the dispute was made known, Bolls said he was still learning about the issue.
"We have still not been officially notified by letter or other correspondence, so this came as bit of a surprise," he said Wednesday afternoon. "I only learned about it from news accounts appearing on the Internet. "
Hendrick officials met with the county Wednesday to explain the situation, Bolls said.
"It's still very early and I didn't have a lot of answers given in the meeting -- just that it is a situation that has been developing for several years and that hopefully some progress can be reached by the
In addition to the 529 employees covered by BCBSTX, about 300 to 350 dependents of county employees are covered at any one time, Bolls said.
That will change, Neal said, since TRS-ActiveCare will shift over to Aetna in place of
"But we remain with
The good news, he said, is that Hendrick does already have appropriate agreements in place with Aetna, he said.
In the meantime, Neal said that the district was confident that Hendrick was doing everything it reasonably could to maintain contractual relations with BCBSTX without interruption.
"We hope the parties can work out their differences for the greater good of all concerned," he said. "We appreciate (Hendrick) being cognizant of our employees' needs, both in the short term for this summer and in the near future with Aetna coming in to succeed BCBSTX as underwriter for our insurance coverage."
"Implementing these options would take some time and there would be a potential for some service disruptions," Jones said in a statement sent to employees and given to the
The college remains optimistic that Hendrick and
The change to out-of-network status for Hendrick, should it go into effect, is expected to affect about 10,000 households overall, Hendrick officials said Wednesday afternoon, about 10 percent of its patients.
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