Editor’s note: A previous version of this datapoint incorrectly referred to another health system of the same name as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota’s partner. The insurer is partnering with Trinity Health, a member of the Mayo Clinic network.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and Minot, N.D.-based health system Trinity Health will partner to offer a tiered health plan for the 2024 plan year. The plan will be available to individuals, families and employer groups in 11 North Dakota counties. The first tier limits members to Trinity’s providers for in-network services, with the remaining three tiers growing more expensive, but allowing coverage for outside providers. “Tiered network plan premiums are on average 15% lower than comparable traditional plans, because insurance providers partner with the preferred tier to offer lower health care costs for members,” the insurer wrote in a statement. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota is currently the largest payer in its home state, serving 319,856 members, or 42.1% of the state’s insured population.
Source: AIS’s Directory of Health Plans