While Altru Health System is moving to Medica, effective Jan. 1, an even larger loss is likely if Fargo-based MeritCare’s planned merger with Sanford Health is approved as expected, and Sanford’s health plan becomes available in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.
Coverage to switch from BCBS to Medica Jeff Franck said about 2,700 of its 3,700 employees get their health coverage through Altru, which has long been under Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. Effective Jan. 1, the health coverage will switch to Medica, and dental coverage is changing to Delta Dental.
Franck said the change, which was decided in late September and told to employees the next day, came after “long deliberations over the proposal of both plans from both companies.”
Medica’s Center for Healthy Aging will hold an informational meeting about Medicare and the health plan options available to seniors at 10 a.m. Monday in the C’mon Inn, 3051 32nd Ave. S. in Grand Forks.
Medica, which provides more than 1.4 million customers with health insurance, announced Thursday that it will offer coverage to individuals in North Dakota starting Oct. 1. The insurer, which has offered group coverage in North Dakota for 15 years, is responding to demand for more alternatives for consumers, an executive said.
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