Health Insurance Cost Dispute Unresolved

OMAHA (AP) – A major Nebraska health insurer remains unable to come to terms with one of the state’s biggest medical networks, so thousands of people are either facing significantly higher costs or changing doctors. 

No talks have been held since the contract between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska and Catholic Health Initiatives expired Sept. 1. 

The expired contract covered all CHI Health hospitals including those in Plainview and Schuyler. 

Blue Cross says CHI Health, which used to be Alegent Creighton Health, routinely charges 10 to 30 percent more than other Omaha hospitals. CHI Health says those figures are misleading and its total cost of treatment is lower even if certain services cost more.