New health insurer adds TriStar to network

Co-op will begin marketing plans next month

Officials with new insurance co-operative Community Health Alliance have signed a partnership agreement with the TriStar Health division of hospital giant HCA Holdings.

The collaboration between the two organizations will give future members of CHA — a member-governed nonprofit created under the umbrella of the Affordable Care Act — access to TriStar’s 18 hospital and 10 ambulatory surgery centers in Tennessee, South Central Kentucky and North Georgia. CHA executives also have signed managed-care agreements with providers elsewhere in the state, including The Jackson Clinic and Covenant Health and Tennova in East Tennessee.

TriStar Health President Steve Corbeil said the agreement will give Middle Tennessee residents better access to health care providers. CHA will begin marketing health plans to qualified individuals and small businesses in Tennessee beginning Oct. 1 as part of the new insurance exchange network.

“TriStar Health’s mission clearly defines them as a family of hospitals committed to the care and improvement of human life,” said Jerry Burgess, CHA’s president and CEO. “Together, we will enhance and expand access to care for thousands of Tennesseans.”

CHA’s policies will become effective Jan. 1. Headquartered in Knoxville, the group earlier this year said it would set up its Nashville office in Maryland Farms. Officials will host an official opening event at the Chapple Building on Maryland Way this afternoon.