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Hearing held over which healthcare provider will get state contract begins in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A hearing is underway at the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings to determine who will provide healthcare coverage for current and former state employees.

It comes after Blue Cross Blue Shield decided to protest the state’s decision to switch health care plans to Aetna starting in 2025.

State Treasurer Dale Folwell previously claimed the switch would save the state $140 million in administrative fees.

“We’re very confident, and the team and the State Health Plan Board who put a lot of work into this are very confident that we’re partnering with someone who will help us achieve these goals,” he said.

Attorneys for Blue Cross Blue Shield claimed the process by which the state decided to switch plans was biased, and that their bid was actually $25 million lower than Aetna’s. They also said they have a wider coverage network and agreed to cap their cost increases to 6 percent, compared to Aetna’s 6.5 – 7.5 percent.

The hearings are expected to last two weeks.

Source: Fox 8 News Channel

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