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Together Again: New Deal Ends Stalemate Between BCBS North Carolina And Mission Health

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After Mission Health ended their contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, tens of thousands in Western North Carolina found themselves out-of-network at their local hospitals.

The biggest healthcare provider in Western North Carolina and the largest insurer in the state have reached a deal over reimbursement rates. 

They had been without a contract since Oct. 5, which forced tens of thousands of Western North Carolinians to pay steep out-of-network costs for medical care at Mission hospitals and medical facilities. The new contract between Mission Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina takes effect on Friday, Dec. 15.

Blue Ridge Public Radio News DirectorMatt Bush talks with host Frank Stasio, about the implications of the months-long standoff between the healthcare giants.

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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