Women's care center reaches deal with Anthem

Many women will be relieved to hear that Mid-Atlantic has reached a five-year agreement with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Mid-Atlantic Women's Care has reached a new agreement with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, months after Anthem dropped the network from their coverage.

A new five-year contract has been agreed upon between the health care center and health insurer.

Last fall, Mid-Atlantic's executive director announced they would end the contract because Anthem would not increase their reimbursements. Anthem said Mid-Atlantic was asking for too much money. Cutting ties left many women without a doctor.

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"I didn't want to change. There is that comfort that those people that you work with as a female that's very personal," said Ruth Ann Rummel. She decided she'd just have to pay out of pocket. That cost nearly $200 for her appointment.

"Not everybody can afford to do that," she added.

The retired teacher's assistant was so frustrated she called Mid-Atlantic and Anthem, plus she posted online and organized a group of educators to write letters.

With the new deal, the practices will return to the Anthem network on May 1. Both Anthem and Mid-Atlantic declined to discuss the terms of the agreement.

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