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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center offers their employees the choice of Premera Blue Cross or Kaiser Permanente Health Plan of Washington as health plans.

Paper copies of the below documents are available upon request by calling Benefits at 206.667.4100.

* Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center Plans Comparison

Premera Blue Cross

The Premera Blue Cross Plans use a network of health care providers.

You can see any licensed provider; however, these plans pay a higher level of benefits when you use network providers. The benefits covered by Plan A and Plan B are identical; it is the network of providers which differs.

Plan A uses the Heritage network which includes over 39,000 providers and facilities and offers the widest choice of providers of the two plans.

Plan B uses the Heritage Prime network which includes over 36,000 providers and facilities but some local provider medical groups are excluded.

Kaiser Permanente HMO

Kaiser Permanente HMO Core Plan offers integrated medical, vision, pharmacy benefits and care coordinated through your Kaiser Core network providers.

Within the network, your benefits are provided or coordinated by your network primary care physician and you pay only a small copay for services you receive. Outside the network, your benefits are limited to emergency coverage only.


Transparency in Coverage Public Access Requirement

Machine-readable files (MRF) are available, free of charge from our health plan carriers Premera Blue Cross and Kaiser Permanente. The files include the following detailed pricing information:

  • In network: Negotiated rates for all covered items and services between the plan or issuer and in-network providers.
  • Out of network: Historical payments to, and billed charges from, out-of-network providers. Files are not required if there are fewer than 20 claims for a service for a provider. 
  • Prescription drugs: In-network negotiated rates and historical net prices for all covered prescription drugs at the pharmacy location level (this requirement is delayed pending further rulemaking).