Blue Care Network’s Growing Upper Peninsula Network Offers More Ways to Get Healthy, Save Money
Blue Care Network has expanded its provider and hospital network to Houghton County, making it the third county in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where residents can select from the Healthy Blue LivingSM suite of wellness-based HMO plans.
Group customers that sponsor either of the two products have saved an average of 5 to 7 percent on premiums compared to other PPO products. More than 70 percent of members of the HBL are living healthy and have earned enhanced benefits, where they save most on premiums.
Healthy Blue Living, which is celebrating its fifth year of helping members get healthier, offers lower health care costs to members in exchange for committing to work toward key heath targets, such as Body Mass Index and blood pressure readings.
Similarly, Healthy Blue Living Rewards is an outcomes-based HMO that offers lower insurance costs when members achieve improved health results.
The expansion into Houghton County adds 11 primary care physicians, 84 specialists and Portage Health Hospital in Houghton to BCN’s growing U.P. network. BCN is now accepted in Mackinac, Marquette and Houghton counties.
BCN officially expanded its provider network in to the U.P. Oct. 1, 2011 with the addition of Marquette County. (Mackinac County had previously been included as part of the HMO’s West and Northern Michigan network.) The company hopes to further expand its Upper Peninsula network in 2012.
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