November 21, 2016
TRENTON — Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has agreed to admit three more hospitals to the top tier of its popular, lower-cost OMNIA health insurance plans — a designation other hospitals have sued to acquire to get an edge in the state’s cut-throat health care marketplace.
The new “tier 1” hospitals – Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy and HackensackUMC Palisades – are owned by Hackensack Meridian Health. The decision announced by Horizon and hospital officials Wednesday means all 11 acute care hospitals in the chain will be part of the top tier in 2017, according to the announcement.
OMNIA Health Plan premiums cost about 15 percent lower than other Horizon insurance products, and OMNIA policy holders who use tier 1 hospitals and medical providers pay lower out-of-pocket costs.