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United States : Cigna, BJC HealthCare and Washington University Physicians Collaborate to Launch Cigna Individual and Family Plans in St. Louis.

Working together with BJC HealthCare and Washington University Physicians , Cigna is introducing individual and family medical plans in St. Louis, both on- and off- the federal public marketplace for plans that take effect starting January 1, 2015.

The announcement represents an expansion of Cigna's product and clinical collaboration capabilities in Missouri. A leading provider of employer-sponsored group health plans in the state and across the U.S., Cigna is broadening local access to its portfolio of quality-oriented, competitively-priced individual plans.

Customers who enroll in the individual plans will have access to care provided primarily by the region s leading health care organizations -- BJC HealthCare and Washington University Physicians. The network will include Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children s Hospital and the more than 1,300 Washington University primary care doctors and specialists affiliated with these hospitals. The network will also include the additional 10 hospitals and four service organizations, including Christian Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Progress West Hospital and BJC Medical Group that are part of BJC HealthCare.

Cigna's individual and family plan offerings are designed to deliver on the promise of health care reform: affordable access to quality health care from leading doctors and hospitals in St. Louis, easy to understand plans and the information, resources and service to help people take full advantage of their medical coverage, said Frank Monahan, Cigna president for Missouri. We are pleased to be working with BJC HealthCare and Washington University Physicians to offer these new plans, and to focus together on improving health care outcomes, enhancing the integration and coordination of care, and improving the patient experience.

BJC has worked closely with our partners at Washington University School of Medicine and Cigna to create a new health plan option that will offer innovative approaches to health care for people who live in the communities served by BJC HealthCare, said Melanie Lapidus, BJC HealthCare Vice President for Managed Care. We believe our collaboration will result in improved access for our patients and lead to better health, at an affordable price.

Bringing Washington University Physicians together with Cigna and BJC HealthCare means patients will have access to the latest advances in medical treatment, said Jay Albertina, Washington University Executive Director of Managed Care.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is consistently ranked as one of the nation s leading hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and for 22 consecutive years has been named to the magazine s Honor Roll of America s Best Hospitals.

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