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Blue Cross decision to drop Medicaid program concerns Hawley

Posted 21 July 2014 at 12:00 am

Press release, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) is deeply concerned with the announcement by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York that it is withdrawing from Medicaid programs in six Western New York counties, including Orleans County.

The company cited $40 million in losses over the past three years as justification for the move. Hawley encourages any constituents who currently have a managed care program with Blue Cross Blue Shield to transition to another provider before their coverage ceases on October 31, 2014.

“The decision of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York to withdraw from Medicaid programs is major news to anyone who receives care from this program,” Hawley said. “Fortunately, there are other managed care plan providers in Western New York ready to enlist those who lose their coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield. My office is ready and available to help anyone affected to find a new health care provider. If you have been affected, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.”

To reach Hawley’s office in Albion, call 585-589-5780.