By: Chris Rauber
San Francisco Business Times
Some Blue Shield of California customers on the Peninsula say their premium rates will jump significantly in January even after Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital are booted out of Blue Shield’s individual and family plan networks.
Early this month, as first reported by the Business Times, Blue Shield said it’s kicking the two Stanford hospitals out of the PPO network because of high costs, effective Jan. 1.
Entities affected include Stanford Health Care, Stanford Medical Center, Lucile Packard, Stanford Medical Group, Lucile Packard Medical Group, and Stanford’s University Health Alliance.
But some Blue Shield enrollees in the area are calling foul.
Blue Shield is decreasing our access to quality health care while raising our premium 29 percent,” said one enrollee who asked not to be identified. It’s ‘not clear how that supports either prong of their so-called mission,” referring to the health plan’s stated missions of ensuring access to care at affordable rates.