While corporate America may be pulling back from the creation of on-site health clinics, Cigna Corp. plans to jump deeper into that arena.
The health insurer is turning to the on-site health clinic business in a bid to curtail its own healthcare costs and meet growing demand from employers it serves, company officials said.
This past year, Cigna opened on-site health clinics for its own employees at four locationsBloomfield, Conn.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Scranton, Pa.; and Philadelphia. The clinics provide primary care and other urgent services to workers and their families, with providers coming from Cigna Medical Group, according to the company.
Now, Cigna is planning to roll out on-site clinics to its customers. On Dec. 19, Cigna Health announced it would administer a clinic in Houston to about 5,300 unionized commercial office janitors. In a joint project with the Baylor College of Medicine, the Houston Service Workers Clinic will provide treatment to the janitors for $205 per month per worker. Most of these workers are uninsured.
The clinic, scheduled to open this coming spring, will be built near the local chapter of the Service Employees International Union janitors, said Cigna spokesman Joe Mondy.
Cigna is leveraging its own medical network and experience delivering clinic care in Arizona as well as to its own employees, officials said. It is now seeking to develop partnerships with other employers to deliver on-site or near-site healthcare, said Amy Turkington, a Cigna spokeswoman.
Like other major insurers, Cigna is experiencing investment losses and declining commercial enrollment because of the credit crisis and recession and is looking at ways to shore up its employer accounts.
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