Blue Care Network expands network to be the first HMO in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Blue Care Network adds doctors and hospitals in Marquette County to offer customers more health care choices and increase its network presence

October 20, 2011

MARQUETTE — In effort to respond to customer and marketplace needs, Blue Care Network is expanding its extensive provider network in to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, making it the first HMO to be offered in the region. BCN has the largest HMO network of doctors and hospitals in the state, and this expansion in the Upper Peninsula will add even more quality doctors and facilities to its network of more than 4,800 primary care physicians, 14,000 specialists and most of the state's other leading hospitals.

The initial network expansion will begin in Marquette County with the addition of 26 primary care physicians, 248 specialists and two leading hospitals, Marquette General Hospital and Bell Memorial Hospital. The network expansion will eventually include providers and facilities from Houghton, Baraga, Dickinson, Delta and other Upper Peninsula counties as well.

“With the addition of Marquette County in our network, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network can now provide our customers in the Upper Peninsula with a choice of PPO and HMO networks and products that deliver high-quality health care coverage at an affordable price,” said Kevin Klobucar, president and CEO, Blue Care Network. “Group customers have an opportunity to save an average of 5 to 7 percent on premiums with our Healthy Blue Living℠ HMO products compared to other PPO products in the area.”

BCN’s Healthy Blue Living, Healthy Blue Living Rewards℠ and BCN 65 health care plans will be the first products offered and will be available for purchase by the end of the year to groups enrolling 50 or more. Initial groups enrolled will have a Jan. 1, 2012 effective date.

Healthy Blue Living and Healthy Blue Living Rewards plans set an industry-first in the region by being the first wellness- and incentive-based health plans offered in the Upper Peninsula.

“For us at Marquette General, Blue Care Network offers us another viable opportunity for the employers and the employees in the Upper Peninsula to have more health care coverage choices,” said Jerry L. Worden, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Marquette General Hospital. “We think that wellness plans are the direction of the future…and we think HMOs, like BCN, are a perfect fit for patient wellness and managing health care in the future.”

Doctors and hospitals from Marquette County were officially added to the BCN network in early October. Visit Find a doctor to locate these new doctors and other participating Blue Care Network physicians.

Blue Care Network of Michigan features award-winning disease management programs and the largest HMO network of physicians and hospitals in the state, with more than 4,800 primary care physicians, 14,000 specialists and most of the state’s leading hospitals. Blue Care Network, a nonprofit corporation, is the affiliated HMO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For further information, visit bcbsm.com.

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