Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has announced the following hospitals participating as preferred health-care providers for Anthem insurance plans that are part of the new federal Health Insurance Marketplace (exchange) in northern Ohio.
They include the Surgical Hospital at Southwoods, ValleyCare Health System of Ohio (Northside Medical Center, Trumbull Memorial Hospital and Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital) and Salem Regional Medical Center, along with Humility of Mary Health Partners (St. Elizabeth Health Center, St. Elizabeth-Boardman Health Center and St. Joseph Health Center). Created as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Health Insurance Marketplace is where individuals and small groups may purchase federally qualified health care plans.
Under the agreement these hospitals will serve as preferred providers for northern Ohio residents who purchase an Anthem insurance plan on the new Health Insurance Marketplace.
Anthem began offering a variety of product options on the Ohio Health Insurance Marketplace for both individuals and small employers on Jan. 1. Members choosing products through the exchange will have in-network benefits only by accessing those providers who collaborate with Anthem to help provide affordable, quality care, including Southwoods, ValleyCare, Salem and Humility of Mary.
“We are pleased to be able to find so many willing partners with proven track records of delivering quality health care to the Youngstown region,” said John Cooper, vice president of individual and small group sales for Anthem. “All of these facilities are aligned with our efforts to provide consumers with the best possible benefits solutions through the Marketplace.”
Consumers also can find information at the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield educational website, www.MakingHealthCareReformWork.com, which provides a comprehensive guide to the law with detailed information on benefits, financial assistance, the enrollment process and other topics.