Yale New Haven Health System reaches new agreement with Anthem

Yale New Haven Health System and Wallingford-based Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced an agreement Monday that will keep the state’s largest health care system and its hospitals in the insurer’s network through 2020.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available, but officials from both Yale New Haven Health and Anthem said the agreement will benefit consumers. The deal covers Yale New Haven Hospital, as well as hospitals in Bridgeport, Greenwich and Westerly, R.I. along New London’s Lawrence + Memorial.

“For years, thousands of Anthem members have chosen Yale New Haven Health, “ Vincent Tammaro, Yale New Haven Health’s chief financial officer, said in a statement. “This new agreement will ensure that they will continue to have full access to safe accessible care throughout Connecticut and western Rhode Island. “Renewing our contract with Anthem 10 months ahead of schedule eliminates any potential for disruption of care, and allows us to continue our focus of helping our patients’ lead healthier lives, while also caring for them in times of illness.”

Jill Hummel, who is president of Anthem, said the contract agreement the two sides reached will allow them to continue working together “to create a better health care experience for the consumers we serve.”

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Indianapolis-based Anthem Health Plans, which is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.