Pediatric health care company Petersen has a long history of offering better care than many other healthcare providers, but the health care giant said Wednesday that its own children’s healthcare plans were “not a perfect fit” for its policies.
In an announcement posted to the company’s website, Petersen said it had reached a deal with Kaiser Pomeranz HealthCare Inc., the largest Medicare provider in the U.S., and Kaiser Pomegranate HealthCare in Arizona.
Petersen would pay $4,000 a month for the next 12 months for a family plan, which includes the same pediatric care it provides to Kaiser Pomersen’s children.
The plans would have been available for purchase from Petersen’s website beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
Peterson would pay the same amount to Kaiser for the same family plan in 2019, the announcement said.
Petersons policy also would include an optional six-month waiting period for those who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, but Kaiser plans would not require any such waiting period.
In the Kaiser plan, Petersson would pay about $6,500 per month for an individual child and $10,000 for a dependent child, but it said it would provide more comprehensive benefits.
“Petersen’s approach to children’s care will make it the best value option for our patients,” said Dr. Michael J. Hennig, chief medical officer at Petersen.
“We have been in a position to offer a high quality, cost-effective pediatric health plan that covers all of our patients.
With our extensive child care offerings, we offer patients a comprehensive plan that meets their needs and the health needs of their families.”
Petersen also announced that it would offer a family discount of $300 to anyone who enrolls in a Petersen plan, up from $200.
“At Petersen, our goal is to provide quality, affordable care to our customers while ensuring our health care system is focused on the needs of our customers,” Hennighig said.
“This partnership is a great example of how we are taking a different approach to health care in the healthcare industry.”
The announcement came on the heels of the resignation of Kaiser POMersen CEO Kevin Fuhrman, who left the company earlier this year.
Earlier this month, Kaiser said that it had decided to take a $15 billion charge related to its role in the deaths of 11 children in the Arizona child care center scandal.