Contact: Kirsten Pfotenhauer, Communications Manager
Longmont United Hospital and Individual Health Plans
Centura Health and Longmont United Hospital are very committed to the communities
we serve. We work hard to ensure our facilities, and specifically Longmont
United Hospital, are part of health insurance product offerings by all
health plans in Colorado. Unfortunately, Anthem and Cigna have elected
to build health insurance products for the Connect for Health Colorado
health insurance exchange which exclude Centura Health and Longmont United
Hospital in the Denver metropolitan area, Boulder County and Longmont.
We have expressed a willingness to work with these health plans to no avail.
Individuals who buy their health insurance outside of the exchange can
still find plans that place us in-network. In life threatening situations,
any insurance is accepted at Centura Health emergency rooms. Also, for
those who have Medicare supplement plans, Longmont United Hospital will
continue to be covered as an in-network plan.
Longmont United Hospital is deeply committed to the communities of Longmont
and North Boulder. This past spring, Longmont United Hospital and Centura
Health began conversations with health insurers Cigna and Anthem to be
part of their Longmont networks.
Despite our requests, in plans filed with the Division of Insurance, Anthem
and Cigna individual and small group health plans for Longmont residents
exclude Centura Health and Longmont United Hospital. This limitation only
applies to plans sold through Connect for Health Colorado exchange, and
does not impact residents of South Boulder. All told, less than 10,000
people buy health insurance through the exchange in Boulder County, and
a further fraction of those residents live in Longmont.
We at Longmont United Hospital have been loving Longmont locals for more
than 50 years, and we are as dismayed by this as are our friends and neighbors.
Although only a small percentage of Longmont locals are affected, any
inconvenience to the medical care of any person is regrettable. As the
only full-service hospital in our community, we find it disappointing
that we are not able to offer high-quality, convenient and patient-centered
care to every single Longmont resident.
To rectify the situation, Centura Health is partnering with a new health
insurer Bright Health as our exclusive provider. It is our intention that
by next year, Bright Health will offer individual insurance on the exchange