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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Collaborates With Five Blue Plans to Increase Transparency, Expand Access to Health Care Cost Information
Date:7/30/2009

RICHARDSON, Texas, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) joined other Blue Plans today to announce plans to collaborate to provide access to an online, consumer-friendly health care cost information tool, developed by WellPoint, which is called "Care Comparison." With expansion of this easy-to-access, online tool, more than 48 million American consumers will have access to valuable cost information which will help plan members increase their knowledge as consumers of health care, and identify ways to spend their health care dollars more wisely.

"Blue Cross collaborated with WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) (the nation's largest health benefits company by medical membership), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas), to provide access to this cost transparency tool," says Darren Rodgers, president, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. "We are pleased to have reached our goal of creating opportunities for an even greater number of members to have easy access to clear, concise health cost information in major cities nationwide, which can ultimately help drive down health care costs through information and awareness."

The Care Comparison online tool will provide the following information:

  • Total estimated cost ranges associated with approximately 35 specific medical procedures
  • Costs are for procedures performed at more than 2,800 local hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, free-standing radiology facilities or other medical facilities
  • Cost ranges are facility-specific so members can compare the differences in costs between area facilities.
  • Ranges of health care co
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