CIGNA, Bellin reach coverage agreement

03/12/2010

GREEN BAY — Bellin Health announced today that it has reached an agreement with CIGNA HealthCare to offer in-network access to its providers and services beginning April 1, 2010. 

The agreement gives CIGNA plan customers access to Bellin’s hospitals, psychiatric center and clinics, along with access to specialty physicians affiliated with the health system.

“We know that more businesses in the Green Bay area need both a national and local network of hospitals and doctors.  We are pleased that we are able to expand our network to include Bellin Health and better serve the employers and customers of Green Bay,” said Sue Podbielski, president, CIGNA HealthCare Midwest markets.

Matt Vechart, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Endries International of Brillion, said the company’s employees will benefit significantly from the inclusion of Bellin Health in their preferred provider network.

“Bellin listened to our needs and worked diligently with CIGNA to fill a gap that had been created due to a plan change from our parent corporation,” said Vechart. “Once we explained our situation, Bellin aggressively pursued an agreement with CIGNA and, moving forward, our associates within the Bellin Health service area will have the benefit of reduced co-pays and competitive rates for their health care when they visit Bellin Health providers.”

Bellin officials indicated this was “the right thing to do” for consumers and helps prevent the disruption of health care services.

“One of the core elements that enable an individual to maintain or improve their personal health is their relationship with their physician. This agreement helps keep those relationships intact,” said Randy Van Straten, director of Business Health Solutions at Bellin Health. “We look forward to the opportunity to work with CIGNA and provide care for their customers.”

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About Bellin Health
Bellin Health, www.bellin.org, is an integrated health care delivery system based in Green Bay. It has serviced people in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since 1908. It is comprised of Bellin Hospital, Bellin Psychiatric Center, 25 Bellin Health Family Medical Center primary care physician clinics, and several retail health clinics known as Bellin Health FastCare. Bellin also operates Bellin Health Partners, a physician-hospital organization with 230 specialty physician members, the Oconto Hospital & Medical Center, a critical access hospital in Oconto, Bellin Fitness Center with four locations, Bel-Regional, a provider of home medical equipment and supplies, and Bellin College. With its 2,800 employees, Bellin Health is known for its emphasis on preventive health care and is the region’s leader in cardiac, orthopedics, sports medicine, digestive health, mental health, and primary care medicine. Bellin has been recognized several times by leading quality benchmark organizations.

About CIGNA
CIGNA (NYSE:CI), a global health service company, is dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. CIGNA Corporation's operating subsidiaries provide an integrated suite of medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision care benefits, as well as group life, accident and disability insurance, to approximately 46 million people throughout the United States and around the world. To learn more about CIGNA, visit www.cigna.com.