The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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October 24, 2013

State workers to see cheaper rates for Mayo

Preferred One puts Mayo in cheaper tier, while Mankato Clinic gets put in costlier tier

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Farrow agrees that the decision shouldn't be taken lightly. "I would caution patients to think about it carefully," he said. "You’re switching providers, stopping continuity of care, to save a few hundred bucks, when it all could change again in the next cycle."

Which is true.

Negotiations take place regularly to set rates and next year, all of this could change. The other providers are Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Health Partners.

“We heard from many state employees that they wanted access to Mayo Clinic in their local plan, with a higher level of coverage," Campbell said. "By working to reduce our costs and improve the quality of care we deliver, including providing more access to medical information via the phone and online, we’ve made our care more accessible."

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