Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Humility of Mary Health Partners jointly announce that Humility of Mary will be a preferred provider for Anthem insurance plans that are part of the new Health Insurance Marketplace (exchange) for northern Ohio.
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, Humility of Mary will serve as a preferred provider for northern Ohio residents who purchase an Anthem insurance plan. All Humility of Mary facilities are participating, according to the announcement. These include St. Elizabeth Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center and HM physicians.
“This partnership helps fulfill our mission to serve our community with high quality, affordable care,” said Bob Shroder, president and CEO of HMHP. “Working together, we believe we can help patients stay healthier. With a focus on prevention and managing chronic conditions, we hope to improve the quality of care — and quality of life — for Anthem members in our neighborhoods.”
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 preferred providers such as HM.
“Humility of Mary is uniquely positioned in this region, a willing partner with a proven track record of delivering high-quality, patient-centric care to Youngstown-area patients and their families,” said John Cooper, vice president of individual and small group sales for Anthem. “We are pleased to align with them in our efforts to provide consumers with affordable health benefits solutions through the Marketplace.”
Consumers also can find information at the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield educational website, which provides a comprehensive guide to the law with detailed information on benefits, financial assistance, the enrollment process and other topics.