It was recently announced on the Norman Regional website that they will be participating in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Preferred Network for 2016. We had heard rumors but nothing official from Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield provider locater now shows The Healthplex on Healthplex Parkway but doesn’t mention the Hospital on 901 N. Porter Ave., Norman Oklahoma 73071, but the announcement on the Norman Regional website* plainly states that the Hospital is included.
Is this news worthy? You ask.
YES!!! Before this announcement everyone in Cleveland County who purchased a health insurance plan that included Norman Regional Hospital or the new hospital in Moore only had 3 options for their Health Insurance
1. United Health Care Insurance a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO).
2. Be treated as out of Network with much higher deductibles and no Maximum Out of Pocket
3. Join one of the Mini Medical Plans out there commonly referred to as a Multi-Plan or Medi-Share Plan with limited benefits and aren't ObamaCare compliant so they would get penalized.
If you live in Norman or Moore and your Health Insurance is not from your Employer, Medicare or Medicaid you are probably effected by this news. The good news it is not too late you can still change your health insurance plan for 2016 as long as you make the change by January 31, 2016.
Any changes you make will not go into effect until March 1 2016.
Remember when you use a local agent you have someone you can go to for help with the big insurance company and most agents don’t charge for their services. If you would like more information or assistance call 405-585-0648.
*Announcement Regarding Norman Regional and Blue Cross Blue Shield Individual Plans
NORMAN, OK - Norman Regional is pleased to announce the Health System will be participating in BluePreferred, a health insurance plan network offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS). This means our hospitals and Norman Regional physician practices will be in-network for people who have purchased BCBS plans that utilize this network. Please note the hospital services will be effective January 1, 2016 and the physician practices will be added to the network over the next 2 months.