BHCG was formed in 2003 by several large Milwaukee-based employers concerned about rising health care costs in southeast Wisconsin.
In light of our goals which focus on health care value for our employer members and their employees, it became clear that UnitedHealthcare was the best administrative partner option for the BHCG going forward, said Dianne Kiehl, BHCG executive director.
Many BHCG member employers require national coverage, and this partnership will give their employees one consistent solution across all of their locations.
The expanded Humana Preferred network will be available exclusively to BHCG member companies for effective dates beginning January 1, 2009.
Humana today also announced the 2007 cost results for BHCG self-funded member companies, reporting a 2-year aggregate decrease of 9 percent per health plan member when compared to 2005 base year costs.
In 2006 the BHCG reported southeast Wisconsin costs were 26 percent higher than the Midwest average and 2007 saw the gap close to 20 percent.
While the current results reflect the experience of self-funded companies, fully insured BHCG member companies are also benefiting from Humana Preferred and its 11 percent premium advantage compared to Humana's broader, regional PPO network.
In southeast Wisconsin, No Worry is available exclusively through the BHCG.
The BHCG and its members share the common goals of moving the health care market through innovative action and partnering for effective change.
These first-year savings represent significant progress and demonstrate that a market driven strategy can succeed in helping Southeastern Wisconsin solve the dilemma of affordable health care," said Dianne Kiehl, BHCG executive director.
Improved provider pricing, physician efficiency, a focus on evidence-based medicine, and the use of Humana's consumer transparency tools and other BHCG educational materials, all contributed to the cost reduction, said Kiehl.
While the current results reflect the experience of self-funded companies, fully-insured BHCG member companies are also benefiting from Humana Preferred and its 10 percent premium advantage compared to Humana's broader, regional PPO network.