BJC Healthcare likely excluded from Mo. exchange

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri’s largest health provider likely won’t be a part of the state’s new health insurance exchange that opens for enrollment next week as a hallmark program of federal health care reform.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/15qpDKQ ) reports that area health brokers and consultants expect BJC Healthcare will be excluded from the online insurance exchange because of the provider’s high medical charges.

Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield in Missouri, the state’s leading provider of individual health policies, has shared those details with brokers, but complete details of the Missouri exchange won’t become known until just before the Oct. 1 enrollment start.

BJC operates Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital and is the largest employer in the St. Louis region.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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