Prudential to administer C&P health care system

October 01, 1990|By Ross Hetrick | Ross Hetrick,Evening Sun Staff

Bell Atlantic Corp., the parent company of the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. of Maryland, has selected The Prudential Insurance Co. of America to organize, implement and administer a new management health care system that will cover 5,200 unionized C&P workers and their families in the Baltimore area.

The new system, which is known as a preferred provider organization, is the outgrowth of the labor agreement that ended a month-long strike in August 1989. Under the arrangement, employees can use specific physicians and hospitals and pay very little extra. They also have the ability to use non-network health providers, but they will have to pay 20 percent of the cost.

The contract with Prudential will begin on Jan. 1 and workers will be phased into the new system starting on April 1, according to Donald S. Bezuyen, Bell Atlantic's assistant vice president of managed care networks.

"Through the managed care networks, our employees can expect continued access to quality health care and Bell Atlantic can expect to better manage escalating health costs," said Don Bezuyen. Management employees will continue with their current health plan that offers various options, he said.

Because the managed care network relies on a large concentration of employees, about 7,900 employees in outlaying areas will not be covered. They will continue to use the existing Bell Atlantic Medical Expense Plan or choose a health maintenance organization.

Bell Atlantic, which operates in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania, has a total of 53,000 unionized employees.

Bell Atlantic's self-insured health benefits are currently administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shied, National Capital Area.

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