WellStar Health System has reached an agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia to participate in an insurance product offered on the federal exchange.
The deal will allow WellStar patients to continue to have access to care, as over the past year numerous health insurers have left the exchanges leaving patients' preferred providers and hospitals out-of-network.
Patients would have seen the impact on January 1, 2017.
Effective that date, all 11 WellStar hospitals and employed providers of WellStar Medical Group will participate in all Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia federal health insurance exchange products, including bronze, silver and gold "Pathways X" and "multi-state direct access" products.
Patients traditionally had only until December 15 to enroll for Jan. 1 coverage but now have through January 31 to enroll or to make changes.
WellStar Health System is among the largest health systems in Georgia.
"This news gives patients the ability to keep their WellStar physicians and providers," said Barbara Corey, senior vice president of managed care for WellStar Health System.