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May 6, 2024

McCluskie and Roberts Joint Statement on CommonSpirit Health and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

DILLON, CO - Speaker Julie McCluskie, D-Dillon, and Senator Dylan Roberts, D-Frisco, today released the following joint statement calling on CommonSpirit Health, which operates Mercy Hospital, and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Colorado to reach an agreement that maintains in-network service consumers in Central and Northwest Colorado:

Coloradans in our community and across the state are at risk of losing access to the hospitals and health care facilities they rely on. If Anthem were to go out of network with CommonSpirit hospitals, including the hospital in Frisco, tens of thousands of our shared constituents from Jackson, Grand, Summit, Lake, and Park Counties and beyond could lose access to care. The fallout to our communities would be dire.

While we understand the negotiations are complex, we strongly urge Anthem and CommonSpirit to reach an agreement that puts patients first and allows consumers to continue their treatment or receive care at facilities that are most convenient and closer to home. Coloradans in rural areas already have to travel far distances to get the care they need, and this impasse threatens to make health care even more challenging to access in the High Country.

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