Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) is an enormous provider of health care insurance coverage. It’s also one of the most universally accepted plans in the United States. BCBS is also one of the biggest plan providers for Federal government employees under the FEP Blue program. That premium is over $6 BILLION a year and rising. FEP Blue is administered by the BCBC association directly, as opposed to one of the regional units. Well, BCBS has my wife pissed. And she does not easily get pissed towards companies. People yes, companies she views as faceless. But she is pissed.
FEP Blue has been our insurance carrier of choice for many years now. Yes, federal employees and their families are able to acquire attractively priced coverage that is accepted just about everywhere because the group is so large. That’s a benefit. Our kids receive their health care from Texas Childrens Hospital Pediatric group. Not after this coming March. Even though Texas Childrens is one of the very best and widely recognized service providers for kids, they have chosen to drop BCBS’ FEP Blue because they cannot agree on what the “discounted” service rate will be. My wife is not at all happy about having to find new pediatricians for our girls. I was about to offer to help and research, but have decided to stay out of this path of anger for a bit.
I really do understand that this is about two giant corporations flexing their muscles to see who will force the other into submission. It’s actually happened several times before and will likely resolve before the March deadline. I don’t care who wins. I just want my wife to be less agitated and my girls to not have to “get comfortable” with new doctors. Please.