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Hospital Network Update for Blue Options v.4 Plans

We're updating the Blue Options v.4 hospital network in response to the merger of Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and Baystate Wing Hospital on September 10, 2016. As you may know, at that time Baystate Mary Lane Hospital closed its inpatient unit but remained open as an outpatient location of Baystate Wing Hospital.

To provide geographic access for our Hampshire County members, we've designated Cooley Dickinson Hospital as a Select tier hospital. Effective September 10, 2016, Cooley Dickinson Hospital has the same modified member cost share as other geo-access hospitals for members with our Blue Options v.4 plans. This designation will result in lower out-of-pocket costs for members when they receive services at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

This hospital update has no impact on Blue Options v.5 plans. By January 1, 2017, all members in Blue Options v.4 will have transitioned to Blue Options v.5.

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