Thousands of families in and around Omaha are being warned they face a major health care change effective after midnight August 31st when the contract expires between CHI-Health (formerly Alegent) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.
In a news release Friday, BCBS warned the contract is expiring and there are no new negotiations scheduled.
The insurance company and the health care provider are feuding over money. BCBS says CHI-Health charges rates that are consistently higher than what other health care providers charge. CHI-Health makes the argument it provides better service that ultimately makes people healthier.
When the contract expires, thousands of physicians associated with and several facilities operated by CHI-Health will be out of network for patients covered by BCBS.
It doesn't mean people will have to change doctors, but it does mean they will likely get less reimbursement when they file an insurance claim because their doctor will now be "out of network."