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Gov. Deal To Personally Help With Health Care Negotiations

Addressing the ongoing contract dispute between Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal tweeted Wednesday that he was pushing for an "immediate end to disruptions."
Addressing the ongoing contract dispute between Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal tweeted Wednesday that he was pushing for an "immediate end to disruptions."
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Gov. Nathan Deal plans to meet Monday with the CEOs of Piedmont Healthcare and Anthem Inc. (The latter is the parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia).

The companies still don’t have a contract agreement. Their last one expired at midnight March 31. That means more than half a million Georgians covered by Blue Cross are still out of network with all Piedmont hospitals and doctors.

Hundreds of thousands of them are state employees.

The governor’s office clarified earlier this month, “[N]early 600,000 employees, retirees and their families [are] affected by the recent contract disruption.”  It’s unclear how many of them get their insurance through state-sponsored plans, but it appears to be enough to get the governor himself to the negotiating table.

Deal tweeted Wednesday that he was pushing for an “immediate end to disruptions.”

Meanwhile, the state’s been footing the extra out-of-network costs for state workers, but that offer is only good for 30 days. It was announced April 3.