Pennsylvania Blues Plan Offers Consumers Choice Of 'Health-Care Tiers'

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Harold Brubaker, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News, reports: "With two new HMO plans introduced last week on the federal insurance exchange, Independence Blue Cross (IBC) is offering Philadelphia-area consumers a road map to cut out-of-pocket health-care costs. The trick for consumers who sign up for Blue Cross' HMO Proactive plans is to choose hospitals, primary-care physicians, and specialists in the least expensive of IBC's three price tiers of health-care providers. IBC is the largest health insurer in the Philadelphia area, serving more than two million people" (Brubaker, 10/8). Read the story.

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