A major Texas health care network and a major Texas insurance company continue battling over a new contract. Failure to strike a deal by month’s end could mean fewer in-network options for thousands of Central Texans.
The combatants are Ascension Texas, parent of Ascension Providence in Waco, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. At risk are patients who have coverage through Blue Cross and want or need treatment at an Ascension-branded hospital or surgery center in the state, including Waco.
Ascension Texas said in a statement it continues to negotiate contract terms “that will ensure BCBSTX policyholders maintain in-network access to Ascension Texas hospitals, physicians and hospital-based clinics including Dell Children’s Medical Center, and select joint venture facilities, including Ambulatory Surgery Centers.”