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Consider This... Insurance Dispute

Disturbing news last week that Covenant Medical Group may soon end its relationship with Blue Cross Blue Shield.

It's a dispute between one of Lubbock's biggest group of doctors and a health insurance company. And the patient is caught in the middle.

Covenant doctors want more money and we're told Blue Cross won't even come to the table. So, Covenant has given them a September 18th deadline to pay up.

As an employer that offers Blue Cross, I am very concerned about the possible outcome here. An unresolved dispute could mean two things. Higher healthcare costs and fewer healthcare options. That's a very bad combination for the tens of thousands of patients in limbo.

The writing is on the wall and the clock is ticking, so consider this, I spoke to Dr. Robbins at Covenant Medical Group Tuesday about the issue. I have yet to visit with Blue Cross, but I can say at this point that I hope both groups can reach an agreement quickly.  That agreement should be fair to both the doctors and the insurance provider, but most importantly, it should benefit the patient.

I think both groups would agree that quality, affordable healthcare for the region should come before a money squabble between doctors and insurance companies.  I'll keep an eye on this for you over the next few months.

Disturbing news last week that Covenant Medical Group may soon end its relationship with Blue Cross Blue Shield.

It's a dispute between one of Lubbock's biggest group of doctors and a health insurance company. And the patient is caught in the middle.

Covenant doctors want more money and we're told Blue Cross won't even come to the table. So, Covenant has given them a September 18th deadline to pay up.

As an employer that offers Blue Cross, I am very concerned about the possible outcome here. An unresolved dispute could mean two things. Higher healthcare costs and fewer healthcare options. That's a very bad combination for the tens of thousands of patients in limbo.

The writing is on the wall and the clock is ticking, so consider this, I spoke to Dr. Robbins at Covenant Medical Group Tuesday about the issue. I have yet to visit with Blue Cross, but I can say at this point that I hope both groups can reach an agreement quickly.  That agreement should be fair to both the doctors and the insurance provider, but most importantly, it should benefit the patient.

I think both groups would agree that quality, affordable healthcare for the region should come before a money squabble between doctors and insurance companies.  I'll keep an eye on this for you over the next few months.

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