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Hospitals, Florida Blue Reach Agreement

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The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Sacred Heart Health System and Florida Blue approved a new contract that will give members access to the hospital system’s services for the next three years, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

The Panhandle-area hospitals owned by Ascension Health Care sent letters to customers saying they had been unable to reach an agreement with Florida Blue and could part ways by July 1, according to the Daily News.

The hospitals affected are in Miramar Beach, Port St. Joe and Pensacola, including the Children’s Hospital, the Daily News reports.

It is not clear if Florida Blue reached agreements with other hospitals owned by Ascension, including St. Vincent’s in Jacksonville.

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