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Florida Blue and HCA Reach Statewide Agreement in Florida

Friday, December 13, 2013

Florida Blue and HCA Reach Statewide Agreement in Florida

09:00 EST Friday, December 13, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. & JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Business Wire) -- Florida Blue and HCA (NYSE:HCA) announced today a contract renewal that ensures Florida Blue members will continue to have access to high quality care at HCA's 42 hospitals and 32 surgery centers throughout Florida.

The contract includes Florida Blue's BlueCare® (Health Options); BlueChoice® (PPC); BlueOptionsSM (NetworkBlue); Advantage65; BlueMedicareSM HMO; BlueMedicareSM PPO; and traditional indemnity plans.

HCA hospitals in Florida are among the state's leading healthcare providers and are responsible for more than 2.8 million patient encounters annually. Recently, 80 percent of HCA hospitals in Florida were named 2013 “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures” by The Joint Commission, the hospital industry's primary accrediting body.

“HCA and Florida Blue share a commitment to providing high quality, high value care to Floridians,” said Juan Vallarino, Senior Vice President of Employer and Payor Engagement, who leads managed care negotiations for HCA. “We're pleased to renew this agreement and continue to provide Florida Blue members access to the premier care HCA provides.”

“Continuing partnerships with leading health care organizations like HCA are key to helping Florida Blue achieve its mission of helping people and communities achieve better health,” said Pat Geraghty, chairman and CEO of Florida Blue. “We look forward to extending our collaboration with HCA, which allows us to provide high-quality and affordable health care plans to our members throughout the state.”

About Florida Blue

Florida Blue, Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, is a leader in Florida's health care industry. Our mission is to help people and communities achieve better health. Florida Blue has approximately 4 million health care members and serves 15.5 million people in 16 states through its affiliated companies. Florida Blue is a not-for-profit, policyholder-owned, tax-paying mutual company. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit

About HCA

HCA is one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, comprised of locally managed facilities that include approximately 165 hospitals and 116 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and London.

All references to “HCA” as used throughout this release refer to HCA Holdings, Inc. and its affiliates.

HCA Contacts:
Mark Kimbrough (Investor Relations), 615-344-2688
Ed Fishbough (Media), 615-344-2810
Florida Blue Contact:
Paul Kluding, 904-905-3404

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