City of Hope agreement with Blue Shield expands Covered California access

November 17, 2015

Majority of health exchange patients now have option of uniquely patient-focused, specialized cancer care

Letisia Marquez
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DUARTE, Calif. - With open enrollment for the Covered California health exchange now underway, City of Hope has announced an agreement with Blue Shield of California to participate in the insurer’s Individual and Family Plan products. Combined with an existing agreement with Anthem Blue Cross, the new agreement ensures that a majority of the health exchange’s eligible participants will have access to City of Hope’s uniquely patient-focused cancer care.

The timing of the Blue Shield agreement, effective Nov. 1, will allow many individuals and small businesses purchasing health insurance on their own to make decisions ensuring the best possible care in the year ahead. The announcement showcases not only City of Hope’s mission to provide the highest-quality cancer care, but also its commitment to increase access to that care.

“City of Hope is known for its cancer expertise, unparalleled patient experience and superior outcomes, and we want more people to have the option of our care,” said Harlan Levine, M.D., chief executive of City of Hope’s Medical Foundation. “These agreements highlight City of Hope’s willingness to partner with insurers to provide Californians access to high quality yet affordable cancer care.”

Patients who are currently enrolled in a Blue Shield Covered California plan or the insurer’s Individual or Family Plans were eligible as of Nov. 1 to access City of Hope, or a City of Hope doctor, as an in-network provider.

Future Covered California enrollees will be eligible for coverage, which includes access to City of Hope, as follows:

  • Enrolling in a Blue Shield or Anthem Blue Cross plan between now and Dec. 15, 2015, for coverage beginning on Jan. 1, 2016.
  • Enrolling between Dec. 16, 2015 and Jan. 15, 2016, for coverage beginning on Feb. 1, 2016.
  • Enrolling between Jan. 16, 2016 and Jan. 31, 2016, for coverage beginning on March 1, 2016.


About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope’s main hospital is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics in southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit or follow City of Hope on  Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Flickr.