An agreement was reached to keep Ascension part of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield network

Hospitals such as Dell Seton Medical Center will continue to operate in-network for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas insurance plan holders.

The Ascension Hospital System in Texas says it has reached an agreement with insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, just days before their contract expires on Feb. 1.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas say they are finalizing details but an agreement is imminent. Neither side has shared details about the duration of the contract.

“We are pleased that our (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas) members – our patients – will continue to have access to world-class care and advanced, high-quality services available only through Ascension Texas,” the hospital system said in a written message. statment. “The population of Central Texas is growing and so are the health care needs. The new agreement … ensures that the community can continue to receive quality care with Ascension providers that are known and trusted. Patients can continue to make appointments with their providers as normal.”

Here’s what we know about the contract agreement:

What would have happened if no agreement had been reached?

Without a new contract, starting February 1, people with Texas Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance were required to pay out-of-network fees instead of in-network fees when they received medical care at Ascension Hospital in Texas. That can add up to thousands of dollars in personal expenses, including differences in deductions and maximum out-of-pocket expenses.

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