Anthem Blue Cross continues to be actively engaged in negotiations with Sutter Health. Although the termination date for the Sutter and Anthem agreement for commercial business was December 31, 2018, the agreement allows Sutter providers to remain available to members while negotiations continue past this date.
You may have heard from Sutter that Anthem was sending letters on January 1, 2019, to HMO members with Sutter doctors to notify them that they will be reassigned if an agreement is not reached. Anthem did not issue letters on January 1, 2019, to HMO members.
Anthem's top priority during these negotiations continues to be protecting consumers’ access to affordable health care. Any increases in costs are often paid for by Anthem's consumers, and public and private employers, the majority of which are self-insured and pay for their employees’ medical care directly.
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