Anthem Expands Affordable Mountain Health Plan to Small and Large Employers

(DENVER) Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado (Anthem) today announced the expansion of its new lower cost mountain health plan, created in partnership with a community hospital in Eagle County and the regions leading health care provider, to large and small group employers.

Anthem in January began selling a new health plan created in collaboration with Vail Valley Medical Center in Eagle County and Centura Health -- which includes St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, Mercy Regional Medical Center and a network of about 75 providers in Summit, La Plata and Montezuma counties to individuals purchasing insurance on and off the Colorado health exchange marketplace. The expansion now allows small and large employers in Eagle, Summit, La Plata and Montezuma counties to purchase Anthems Mountain Enhanced HMO plan effective July 1.

Mountain Enhanced is exclusive to the Centura Health network and Vail Valley Medical Center, and brings together three organizations committed to finding ways to enhance the availability of, and accessibility to, quality health care services across the full continuum of need at reduced costs. This plan helps to keep health care local, giving residents the ability to receive care from physicians and providers in the communities where they live and work, while addressing the high health insurance premiums in Colorados mountain communities.

"Anthem is very pleased with the reception Mountain Enhanced has received from individual consumers, which is why were excited to expand it to an even broader market as part of our commitment to ensure that high quality, high value health care remains accessible and affordable throughout Colorado," said Mike Ramseier, president and general manager, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado.

"We continue to find ways to expand our partnership to support accessible health care solutions for our mountain communities," said Gary Campbell, president and CEO, Centura Health. "By expanding this plan, we are helping to improve their access to high-value care, at an affordable cost in their own community."

Mountain Enhanced Blue will include Anthems unique benefits such as its 24/7 nurse line and 360 degree health and wellness programs like Condition Care, which helps members with complex medical conditions receive help following their doctors care plan.

"As Eagle Countys nonprofit community hospital, we are committed to finding viable initiatives to address rising health insurance premiums, says VVMC President and CEO Doris Kirchner. Mountain Enhanced is a good option for businesses to provide quality healthcare close to home and at a reduced premium."

For more information on the Mountain Enhanced plan, please visit the Anthem website or call 1-866-777-0607.


About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado
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About Centura Health
Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 17,100 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 15 hospitals, six senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life Colorado, we are making the regions best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. Were Centura Health, and were here for your health. For information about Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit the Centura Health website.

About Vail Valley Medical Center
From modest beginnings in 1965, Vail Valley Medical Center has grown into one of the worlds most advanced mountain hospitals, providing Olympic-quality sports medicine, leading evidence-based research, modern cancer care and extensive cardiology services all top-quality services with exceptional outcomes. An independent, nonprofit medical center, VVMC keeps hundreds of jobs and resources local, better serving our community and visitors. Providing superior health services with compassion and exceptional outcomes, VVMC offers expanding services, low infection rates, free community services and top-rated patient satisfaction scores. For more information, please visit the Vail Valley Medical Center website.

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