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Plans feature significant cost savings while helping cities and towns retain local control
BOSTON September 8, 2011 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) today announced a suite of new benefit plans that help Massachusetts cities and towns achieve significant savings on health care costs. The plans meet or exceed the cost savings benchmarked in the new municipal health care law, An Act Relative To Municipal Health Insurance. With our new Network Blue New England Deductible cities and towns can save an average of 12% off current health care costs, 16% on average with Hospital Choice Cost-Share (HCCS), and an average of 18% with Blue Options.
"BCBSMA has been the trusted health plan of cities and towns for more than 70 years," said John Coughlin, BCBSMA's Vice President of Government and Labor. "In response to the new law, we are offering benefit plans that allow cities and towns to achieve the same or better cost savings as the state program while retaining local control over one of their largest budget items. Importantly, these benefit plans also offer municipal employees the continued peace of mind and security of having Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as their health plan."
BCBSMA's Suite of Municipal Health Care Options includes:
Co-payments for Plans Listed Above
(City/town management interested in learning more can call: 617-246-7500)
|Benefit||Network Blue New England||With Hospital Choice Cost-Sharing feature||With Blue Options feature
[Enhanced / Standard / Basic tiers]
$250 [ind.] [Standard & Basic]
$750 [family] [Standard & Basic]
|Primary Care Physician Visit||$20||$20||$15 / ($20) / ($35)|
|Specialist Care Visit||$35||$35||$35 / $35 / $35|
|Inpatient Hospital||$300* ($700)* †||$300* ($1,300)* †||$300 / $300* / ($700)* †|
|Outpatient Hospital / Day Surgery||$150*||$150* ($1,150)*||Surgical Day Care Unit: $300 / $300* / ($700)*
Ambulatory surgical facility: $150
|High Tech Radiology||$100*||$100* ($550)*||$50 / $50* / ($450)*|
|Laboratory||$0*||$0* ($35)*||$0 / $0* / $0*|
|X-Rays / Other Imaging||$0*||$0* ($100)*||$0 / $0* / $0*|
|Physical (PT), Occupational (OT) & Speech Therapy||$20||$20* ($55)*||$25 PT and OT / $15 Speech|
( ) = co-payment for hospitals that are higher-cost
* = after deductible
† = lower co-payment applies if emergency admission
View a video overview of BCBSMA's plans and wellness offerings.
Additional BCBSMA benefits include:
BCBSMA is proud to provide health coverage to nearly 300,000 municipal employees and their families. To learn more about BCBSMA's Municipal Blue health plans and wellness options contact your account representative or call: 617-246-7500.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (www.bluecrossma.com) was founded 74 years ago and is now the largest private health plan in the state, providing coverage to nearly 3 million members. BCBSMA believes in working with physicians, hospitals, employers and the broader community to provide quality, affordable health care in Massachusetts. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.