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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Middlesex Hospital Renew Network Agreement
Date:4/25/2009

NORTH HAVEN and MIDDLETOWN, Conn., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Middlesex Hospital in Middletown announced today they have reached agreement on the continuation of their network arrangement. As a result, Middlesex Hospital will continue as a participating hospital in Anthem's networks without interruption.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Middlesex Hospital that allows Anthem and the hospital to continue our valuable relationship," said David R. Fusco, president, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. "This long-term arrangement will continue to provide our members with access to quality health care at a market competitive cost."

"We have reached a fair solution for both parties," states Robert G. Kiely, CEO and president of Middlesex Hospital. "This agreement ensures that Anthem members can continue to access the quality services available at Middlesex Hospital under their in-network benefits."

As part of the agreement, Middlesex Hospital will continue to participate in Anthem's Quality-In-Sights(R): Hospital Incentive Program, a program designed to measure health care quality and to improve patient safety.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Health Plans, Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. (R) ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut is available at www.anthem.com.

About Middlesex Hospital

Middlesex Hospital is a 275-bed acute care hospital and part of the Middlesex Health System, an independent, not-for-profit, community-based health network of inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, emergency, and rehabilitation facilities. The Hospital was designated one of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals(R) for the second year in a row in 2009. In addition to Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut, Middlesex Health System has medical centers in Essex and Marlborough. It serves more than 250,000 residents in Middlesex County and beyond. For more information about Middlesex Hospital, go to www.middlesexhospital.org.


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