Children’s Minnesota is ending its contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, effective July 5, 2017.
Children’s Minnesota is notifying families with children insured through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Blue Plus (Blue Cross), including Blue Advantage PMAP, that Children’s is ending its contract with Blue Cross.
Nobody takes better care of kids – all kids, including our very sickest. That’s our mission and we will fight to fulfill it, even when it means making difficult decisions like this. While our formal contract with Blue Cross expired at the end of last year, for the last six months we have tried to negotiate a new contract. Unfortunately Blue Cross remains insistent in its demand for a double digit reduction in payments for the care of families using Blue Cross’s medical assistance product. Such a drastic payment reduction will hinder our ability to provide the full range of services children depend on, and to remain accessible to all who need our care as the region’s largest pediatric health care system.
Unless a new agreement is reached, Children’s will become an out-of-network provider for Blue Cross members as early as July 5, 2017, or if Blue Cross chooses to extend the current contract, December 31, 2017.