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Anthem & Vail Valley Medical Center Offer New Health Plan to Local Businesses

Emily Tamberino

VAIL CO—Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado (Anthem) has announced the expansion of its new lower cost mountain health plan created in partnership with Vail Valley Medical Center to large and small group employers.

In January Anthem began selling a new health plan in collaboration with VVMC to individuals purchasing insurance on and off the Colorado health exchange marketplace. The expansion now allows small and large employers in Vail to purchase Anthem's Mountain Enhanced HMO plan effective July 1.

Mountain Enhanced brings Anthem and VVMC together in an effort to find ways to enhance the availability of and accessibility to quality healthcare services across the full continuum of need at reduced costs. This plan helps to keep healthcare local giving residents the ability to receive care from physicians and providers in the communities where they live and work while addressing the high health insurance premiums in Colorado's mountain communities.

“Anthem is very pleased with the reception Mountain Enhanced has received from individual consumers which is why we're excited to expand it to an even broader market as part of our commitment to ensure that high quality high value healthcare remains accessible and affordable throughout Colorado” said Mike Ramseier president and general manager Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado.

“As the community's nonprofit hospital we are committed to finding viable initiatives to address rising health insurance premiums” says VVMC President and CEO Doris Kirchner. “Mountain Enhanced is a good option for businesses to provide quality healthcare close to home and at a reduced premium.”

Mountain Enhanced Blue will include benefits such as a 24/7 nurse line and 360 degree health and wellness programs like Condition Care which helps members with complex medical conditions receive help following their doctor's care plan.

For more information on the Mountain Enhanced plan please visit or call 1-866-777-0607.

About Vail Valley Medical Center:
From modest beginnings in 1965 Vail Valley Medical Center has grown into one of the world's most advanced mountain hospitals providing Olympic-quality sports medicine leading evidence-based research modern cancer care and extensive cardiology services – all top-quality services with exceptional outcomes. An independent nonprofit medical center VVMC keeps hundreds of jobs and resources local better serving our community and visitors. Providing superior health services with compassion and exceptional outcomes VVMC offers expanding services low infection rates free community services and top-rated patient satisfaction scores. For more information please visit

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado:
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Rocky Mountain Hospital and Medical Service Inc. an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. ® ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. For more information visit