Confluence and Premera reach new agreement on cover contract


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WENATCHEE – More than a month after announcing a deadlock in contract negotiations, Confluence Health and insurance provider Premera say they have reached a deal and the Wenatchee hospital and clinical system will continue to accept Premera patients in as a network.

August 4e, Confluence announced that it would sever ties with Premera, the second largest health insurance provider in Washington, due to the insurer’s “reluctance to pay a rate consistent with other commercial payers in the market.” This would have meant far greater out-of-pocket expenses for those seeking treatment in Confluence with Premera’s health policies.

The separation was to come into effect on February 1. Instead, Confluence and Premera now claim that the new multi-year contract means no interruption in coverage.

“We are delighted to have reached a successful resolution with Premera and remain committed to ensuring that patients and their families have access to high quality, affordable health care close to their homes,” said Dr Doug Wilson, CEO-elect of Confluence Health, in a joint press release issued by both parties on Friday.

Without an agreement, patients seeking treatment at Confluence while covered by the Premera plans would have been considered off-grid, and their personal costs for medical services at Confluence could be significantly higher. Premera insures approximately 40,000 people and employers in Chelan and Douglas counties, and has the second largest market share of any health insurer operating in Washington.

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