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Saint Thomas Health Announces Agreement with Cigna for Inclusion on the Affordable Care Act Exchange

October 28th 2016

Contact: Rebecca Climer, rclimer@sth.org
Effective Jan. 1, 2017, Saint Thomas Health’s hospitals and physicians with Saint Thomas Medical Partners will be part of a Marketplace plan, Cigna Connect. Saint Thomas Health is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.

In late September, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) announced a decision to end coverage on Dec. 31, 2016, via the Marketplace plans in the Middle Tennessee region.  This region includes Cheatham, Davidson, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson and Wilson counties.  

“Our leaders have worked tirelessly to find a way for these patients to continue their healthcare without any disruption,” said Karen Springer, President and CEO of Saint Thomas Health, who also serves as Senior Vice President, Ascension Healthcare, a division of Ascension.  “As a part of Ascension, Saint Thomas Health is an advocate for 100 percent access, and we are committed to serving our communities and those persons in need.”

Middle Tennesseans who purchased their coverage via the Marketplace and who were covered by BCBST and received their care from Saint Thomas Health or Saint Thomas Medical Partners will be able to continue their care in 2017 by signing up for Cigna Connect during the open enrollment period beginning Nov. 1, 2016.

“We are pleased to continue to provide care for our patients without a lapse in coverage – this is a wonderful example of community leaders, healthcare organizations and physicians coming together to serve the best interest of our community,” said Fahad Tahir, President and CEO of Saint Thomas Medical Partners.

For information on available plans and to enroll, visit Healthcare.gov. For the latest updates from Saint Thomas Health visit STHealth.com/exchange.
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