Granite Insurance Alert

January 20, 2015


Granite Insurance Brokers Received the Following Alert from Blue Shield of California:


Blue Shield terminates agreement with Sutter Health

Blue Shield of California and Sutter Health have been engaged in discussions on rates and terms for all Blue Shield plan types (HMO, PPO, EPO, POS-HMO Tier, POS-PPO Tier, and Group Medicare Advantage) over the past several months.


Unfortunately, we were unable to reach an agreement on new contract terms before the end of the previous contract. As of January 1, 2015, the network relationship between Blue Shield and Sutter Health has been terminated. This affects all Independent Provider Associations, Medical Groups, Hospitals, and Specialty Providers across central and northern California associated with Sutter Health.


Blue Shield is continuing our discussions with Sutter Health in the hopes that a new agreement can still be reached. However, at this time, we are taking steps to ensure that members have continued access to care in their area during this transition, including continuity of care from Sutter providers for members who qualify to continue in their current course of treatment.


Learn more on our Sutter Health transition webpage

The effect of this termination on Blue Shield members varies by their plan type, as outlined in our Sutter Health Transition Fact Sheet. This Fact Sheet can be found on our Sutter Health Transition Webpage along with other useful materials.


We are disappointed that we have been unable to reach a new agreement with Sutter Health and regret any inconvenience this may cause. We will continue to keep you updated on the status of our negotiations.


Still have questions? Our team will be happy to help you during the transition period.


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