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2017 Kane County Chronicle Best of the Fox

Letter: Health care coverage, provider locations out of sync

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 8:21 a.m. CDT

To the editor:

My wife and I are self-employed, and therefore we pay for our health care. Our Blue Cross Blue Shield premium increased 42 percent for 2017 ($1,430 to $2,030 per month).

While exploring the BCBS options, I was asked to enter DeKalb County or Kane County for our 60178 ZIP code. The Kane County rates were 20 percent cheaper, so I called BCBS since all of our “health care” is east of Route 47.

I was advised that I must use the county associated with my address, which happens to be DeKalb County.

I can respect the Affordable Care Act is still a work in progress and “bite my tongue” on the 42 percent price hike, but ... can someone please explain to me why our monthly premium is 20 percent higher than the same ZIP code in Kane County (Burlington) ... yet Kishwaukee Hospital is considered out-of-network for us? One would think that if Blue Cross Blue Shield forces us to select DeKalb County, that DeKalb County health care would also be included.

Nope. We have to drive to Kane County to be in network. Something stinks, with Blue Cross Blue Shield in DeKalb County, and it isn’t farms!

Ken Reinert

Sycamore

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