Update on Empire BlueCross BlueShield’s negotiations with Westchester Medical Center and Bon Secours Charity Health SystemApril 15, 2019
Empire BlueCross BlueShield is currently in negotiations with Westchester Medical Center (Westchester Medical) and Bon Secours Charity Health System (Bon Secours) for a new multiyear agreement. It is our sincere desire to reach an agreement with Westchester Medical and Bon Secours on reasonable terms so they can remain in network with Empire. We are working to reach an agreement that would protect affordability for our consumers and keep Westchester Medical and Bon Secours in our network beyond May 31, 2019.
Our number one priority during these negotiations is to protect consumers’ access to healthcare that is affordable and meets their specific needs. Empire cares about the value of the healthcare coverage our members and their families receive. We also believe hospitals and doctors should be compensated fairly, and this is reflected in the terms we offer to providers to participate in our networks. We are seeking a contract that will allow our members continued in-network access to Westchester Medical and Bon Secours providers and we will continue to try to reach agreement.
Should we not reach an agreement with Westchester Medical and Bon Secours by May 31, 2019, Empire will continue to have nationally recognized, high-quality healthcare alternatives for our members.
Letters are being sent to Empire members with information to help ensure their healthcare needs continue to be met.