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.