CIGNA HealthCare of Arizona and Catholic Healthcare West Reach Agreement

Saturday, May 10, 2008 General News
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PHOENIX, May 9 CIGNA HealthCare of Arizona and CatholicHealthcare West (CHW) have announced that effective immediately, CIGNA planmembers will have in-network access to the services and care provided byCatholic Healthcare West facilities and providers. The contract coversCatholic Healthcare West's three Arizona hospitals, including St. Joseph'sHospital and Medical Center, Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy GilbertMedical Center, and affiliated facilities and physician practices in thePhoenix metropolitan area. Coverage is retroactive to midnight April 25th,the prior contract termination date.

"We are pleased that we have been able to come to mutually agreeable termswith Catholic Healthcare West," said Kurt A. Weimer, President and GeneralManager, CIGNA HealthCare of Arizona. "Our goal is to offer employers andmembers an expansive provider network which gives our members greaterflexibility and control in choosing the health care provider that best meetstheir personal needs."

"We are very pleased that we were able to reach an acceptable agreementwith CIGNA," said David G. Covert, president and CEO, Chandler RegionalMedical Center/ CHW East Valley Service Area. "We have been working very hardto ensure CIGNA members could continue to receive quality, compassionate careat our facilities."

CIGNA HealthCare members in the Phoenix metropolitan area will havein-network access to Catholic Healthcare West's wide-ranging medical servicesand programs, including neurology, cardiology, pediatrics, women's services,orthopedics, oncology, rehabilitation and maternity care.

CIGNA members with questions about their coverage should contact CIGNAcustomer service. If a patient visit or procedure was cancelled this pastweek, patients are asked to please call their physician office to reschedule.

About CIGNA HealthCare of Arizona

With more than 35 years of history, CIGNA HealthCare of Arizona, Inc. isone of the oldest and largest health plans in the state. CIGNA HealthCare ofArizona provides health care coverage and employee benefit services to nearly350,000 individuals throughout the state. CIGNA Medical Group, the medicalgroup practice division of CIGNA HealthCare of Arizona, is one of the Valley'slargest multi-specialty group practices with 21 offices located throughoutmetropolitan Phoenix. "CIGNA HealthCare" refers to various operatingsubsidiaries of CIGNA Corporation (NYSE: CI). Products and services areprovided by these operating subsidiaries and not by CIGNA Corporation.

About Catholic Healthcare West

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) is the eighth largest hospital system inthe nation and the largest not-for-profit hospital provider in the West.Founded in 1986, the CHW network of more than 9,500 physicians andapproximately 53,000 employees serve a population spanning 22 million peopleat 41 hospitals across California, Arizona, and Nevada. CHW is committed todelivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable healthcare services withspecial attention to the poor and underserved. In 2007, CHW provided $922million in charity care, community benefits, and unreimbursed patient care.

SOURCE CIGNA HealthCare of Arizona

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