Berger Blue Cross Flip-Flop

A couple weeks ago, Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger (R) was calling for investigation of the NC Blue Cross secret contract with the NC State Health Plan. Then the News and Observer revealed the state was paying $10 a claim for processing when other state contractors in the state’s Medicaid program charged 57 cents. Next WRAL revealed that Blue Cross CEO Bob Greczyn got a $700,000 raise last year. Berger’s response:


  1. Jack

    March 10, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    He asked to see something and then commented on the contents, which is no flip flop.

  2. Adam Searing

    March 10, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Well, first he was saying that there were “questions” about the contract. Then media reports reveal under the contract the state is paying 18 times what it pays other contractors and the CEO got a $700,000+ raise last year. Now Berger says we should be “thankful” for Blue Cross. I’d say that counts as a flip flop.

  3. Kellie

    March 11, 2009 at 11:25 am

    As a proud state employee I’m terribly interested in hearing leadership of the group who makes decisions regarding who administers state workers medical/health care coverage explain why we continue to use BCBS as our healthcare provider. Outwardly, it appears to me that Mr. Berger meant exactly what he said at the time he said it, but was perhaps ‘encouraged’ after the fact to commend them for the fine job they do. Speaking solely for myself, BCBS has done me no favors whatsoever, but I’ll spare you by not detailing some of the nightmare encounters I’ve had with them. Isn’t it likely there are a number of reputable insurers that would love to have our business?

  4. Adam Searing

    March 11, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I would say there are several large insurance companies who would love the business – that’s why we are calling for a new open bidding process which didn’t happen when Blue Cross got the contract!

  5. Marsha V. Hammond, PhD

    March 11, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Wednesday, March 11, 2009
    $16 Million paid to BCBSNC Board Members: the Ponzi scheme that the insured have paid into

    Look at this pdf: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/docs/pdfs/2008SupplementalCompensationExhibit.PDF

    You will see that the 13 members of the BCBSNC board 2008 reimbursement is approximatly $16 million.

    Gee, I wonder why our premiums keep going up?

    Gotta keep up with the Greczyn’s.

    Posted by Marsha V. Hammond, PhD

  6. Kyle

    March 12, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    No….no insurance company wants to provide insurance to state employees and retirees. It is a self-insured plan and all BC/BS does is process the claims. Other insurance companies would like to get into the bidding for processing claims….but not one insurance company in NC wants to bid on providing the actual insurance. State employees and teachers need to learn that they do NOT have BC/BS as a healthcare provider, only as a claims processor.

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