Anthem BlueCross BlueShield confirmed that policies sold through Missouri’s online insurance marketplace, scheduled to open for enrollment Oct. 1, will not include BJC.
Patient advocates say the exclusion of BJC HealthCare and its 13 hospitals from policies offered by the region’s biggest insurer under the Affordable Care Act could hinder treatment for some patients and force others to switch doctors. The network for the Anthem plan, which will be sold through Missouri’s Affordable Care Act marketplace, does not include Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the area’s premier academic medical center, nor St. Louis Children’s Hospital. With only one other insurer besides Anthem planning to sell policies through the exchange in eastern Missouri, the region will have some of the most limited choices anywhere under the health act’s marquee innovation, new federal data show. The other insurance company has not been identified.