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Empire BlueCross BlueShield and Stony Brook University Hospital Reach New Multi-year Agreement

NEW YORK, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Empire BlueCross BlueShield and Stony Brook Hospital on Long Island announced today that they have reached agreement for a new contract, effective August 1, 2009. Under the multi-year agreement, Empire members will continue to have access to Stony Brook Hospital as in-network.

"We are pleased to extend the long-standing relationship we have with Stony Brook," noted Mark Wagar, president and CEO, Empire BlueCross BlueShield. "Empire is proud to continue supporting a hospital that has established itself as an asset to the community and a respected partner in providing both quality and affordable care."

Stony Brook University Hospital remains "in-network" and no action is required by Empire members to continue receiving services at their facilities. Members with questions about their plan or coverage can contact their specific member service representative at the number on their ID card. General information can be found at

About Empire BlueCross BlueShield

Empire BlueCross BlueShield (Empire) is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Inc., and Empire BlueCross BlueShield HMO is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice HMO, Inc., independent licensees of the BlueCross BlueShield Association, serving residents and businesses in the 28 eastern and southeastern counties of New York State. Empire BlueCross BlueShield, the largest health insurer in New York State based on PPO and HMO membership, is a subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc. Additional information about Empire is available at

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