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Medical Center still at odds with Blue Cross Blue Shield

The Medical Center of Central Georgia says they still have not reached an agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield, and their contract expires Thursday.

If the contract ends, the hospital says,they'll continue to accept Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance, but as an out-of-network provider, starting Friday. That means higher co-pays for customers.

Earlier this month, the two parties said they'd reached a tentative agreement. But apparently, the deal fell through.

In a statement, the hospital blamed the insurer: "The lack of effort invested by Blue Cross, one of the state's largest health insurers, toward good faith resolution has seriously jeopardized our agreement. Regrettably, unless Blue Cross Blue Shield provides an acceptable amendment, their actions have left us with no choice but to prepare to terminate our contract."

The contract termination affects the Medical Center, its 841 doctors, the Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital and the Medical Center of Peach County.

They say people with questions can call their call center (478) 633-8888 or visit their website www.mccg.org.

The hospital's statement does not say how many patients will be affected.

The company's website says Blue Cross Blue Shield and its affiliates cover more than 3.3 million Georgians.

We could not reach Blue Cross Blue Shield Georgia's spokesman for comment.


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