Enloe, Anthem re-extend

Chico’s hospital stays ‘in-network’ another week at least

Continuing a cycle, Enloe Medical Center and Anthem Blue Cross agreed to a brief extension of their contract for service payments, this time through Thursday (Jan. 31).

As reported in the CN&R (“Service interruption,” Newslines, Nov. 8), Enloe and Anthem hit an impasse in rate negotiations and let their contract lapse Nov. 1. After the Camp Fire, they reinstated their previous agreement through Dec. 31, then extended through Jan. 15 and again through Jan. 22.

The extension means Enloe will stay “in network” for Anthem’s private-plan subscribers. Coverage for Medicare and Medi-Cal patients remains unaffected by the negotiations.