Blue Cross, Allina join forces on new plan

  • Article by: Jackie Crosby , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 7, 2013 - 11:27 AM

Insurer, big health care system say they studied what people don’t like about existing offerings.

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hammersteinAug. 6, 1311:55 PM

It wasn't 12 years ago that Allina was forced to separate itself from Medica now it is being allowed to integrate it Blue Cross? I don't get it? Full disclosure: Garrett Black is an ex-employee of Allina.

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guacamoleoleAug. 7, 13 4:13 AM

This plan limits patients to seeing Allina doctors at Allina facilities. This directly contradicts the stated goal of "removes obstacles that keep people from ­getting the best care."

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comment229Aug. 7, 13 5:07 AM

All of a sudden Blue Cross is doing surveys to find out why people don't go for care? They offer plans to small businesses and the self insured that are worthless and designed to keep you away from going to the doctor, with extreme deductibles and premiums which is all many self employed in this state can afford. It is not health insurance; it is anti bankruptcy insurance. Now all of a sudden, they are concerned? The question for many of us self insured is if the new MN exchanges will provide us with decent health insurance opportunities. We have no faith in health insurance companies and have to put our faith in some government intervention. Don't hate us for that. You are pink slip away from being in our shoes.

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optionAug. 7, 13 5:30 AM

This is a very good development, and we'll be seeing more of these collaborations. When that starts to happen, competition will heat up in the marketplace and pricing advantages to patients will become a reality. Because the Affordable Care Act includes objectives known as "The Triple Aim", providers will be rewarded for quality. Patients will be rewarded for participating by interacting with their private electronic health records. I find it appalling that our US Congress has tried (unsuccessfully) to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the 40th time in the past couple of weeks.

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tuttifruttiAug. 7, 13 6:02 AM

The insurance companies played a big role in writing the obamacare boondoggle. They will profit handsomely from the democrats passing a bill they didn't read.

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wa0tdaAug. 7, 13 6:11 AM

This doesn't sound like "integrate" is the right word. Cooperating to offer an affordable and really effective plan is a sensible way to manage health care for the target group described in the article.

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rls49Aug. 7, 13 7:20 AM

Making a patient receive all their care from Allina sources is not a good idea. They have been doing that to their employees for a few years now. It does not allow you choices in seeing the best specialists for your condition. I would guess you will have no coverage or decreased coverage if out of state. That is how the employee coverage is now. Employees are required to meet with health coaches who tell you about all the lifestyle changes you must make. If you don't make those changes your premiums increase. Believe me along the way you will be sorry you have this coverage.

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drichmnAug. 7, 13 7:22 AM

Sounds like a good plan. And lower premiums. Interesting to see if this becomes a popular choice on the exchange.

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agolsonAug. 7, 13 7:50 AM

To be clear BCBSMN is a non-profit organization focused on health of the individual. the plans offered by BCBSMN are developed for groups that desire that type of coverage. This development happens after a great deal of analysis and study. This plan may not be for everyone, but for those that chose to have it - it will work.

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goferfanzAug. 7, 13 7:58 AM

""And lower premiums."......Well, lower premiums than the open choice plans--and also one's definition of "low." The trouble remains that so many doctors in these large health systems have closed practices. Thus, the availability of providers is limited to the newer doctors, with a large percentage being FMG's. I tried to get an appt this week and was shocked at how few doctors were taking online appts. The question becomes...if it remains a popular choice after the first year or two.

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