CHICAGO – Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced today that the NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) network of hospitals and physicians will be added to the Aetna Whole Health Chicago network for the 2016 individual open enrollment period.
For individuals, Aetna Whole Health Chicago now has access to NorthShore and Advocate Health network of providers.
"This is a great result for consumers and we are thrilled to partner with a leader in health care like NorthShore to ensure their patients can continue to receive high quality, affordable care," said Nitin Bhargava, president of Aetna's Illinois operations. "This is another example of how Aetna is working collaboratively with providers to deliver greater choice and more options."
This agreement strengthens the Aetna Whole Health network by adding more than 1,000 primary care and specialty care physicians and four hospitals. Consumers living in Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, and McHenry counties can purchase Aetna Whole Health Chicago now on healthcare.gov.
"We are pleased with our latest partnership with Aetna and this innovative plan offering. The Aetna Whole Health Chicago plan provides a high-quality and affordable network for patients while maintaining their continuity of care within the NorthShore system," said Brian Washa, Senior Vice President, NorthShore University HealthSystem. "NorthShore stands ready to help existing and new patients transition to a new health plan arrangement."
In addition, small businesses that are looking to select a new plan for their employees from April 1, 2016, onward also can purchase Aetna Whole Health Chicago starting January 1, 2016. Small businesses will have access to NorthShore, Rush Health and Advocate Health's network of providers.
Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 57 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.
About NorthShore University HealthSystem
NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is an integrated healthcare delivery system, headquartered in Evanston, Illinois. NorthShore has four hospitals – Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park and Skokie – and a multispecialty physician practice, NorthShore Medical Group, with 100 office locations in the Chicagoland area.
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