BALTIMORE – Johns Hopkins Medicine and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield have entered into a multi-year agreement on insurance coverage for registered patients.
Terms of the agreement were not released.
“This means that if you have CareFirst insurance, you will continue to be covered while you see your Johns Hopkins doctors, nurses and other caregivers,” said Dr. Kevin Sowers, president of Johns Hopkins Systems. “Thank you for your patience as we worked with CareFirst to reach this resolution. We look forward to continuing to provide you with care.”
Deal comes after lawmakers sent a letter to both parties last week calling on them to reach an agreement before the next deadline for registering for health insurance.
This multi-year agreement ensures that Johns Hopkins patients with a CareFirst insurance plan will not have their access to healthcare interrupted during this year’s open enrollment period, which begins November 1.
“Marylanders can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing they won’t experience any interruptions to their healthcare coverage during this year’s open enrollment period. We’re glad to see Hopkins and CareFirst respond. to our calls for an agreement and to urge the strengthening of their partnership to promote access to high quality and affordable health care for the people of Maryland,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement.
During the health insurance open enrollment period, which begins November 1, Marylanders can purchase new health insurance plans or change their existing coverage at MarylandHealthConnection.gov.
Johns Hopkins Medicine previously warned patients that CareFirst may cover less, if any, of the care you receive at Johns Hopkins Medicine beginning December 5, 2022.
“At this point, patients should pay more to see a Johns Hopkins doctor, nurse or caregiver, or to visit one of our stand-alone ambulatory surgery centers,” Johns Hopkins said in a statement.