Brenau Scrutinizes Impact of Group Health Insurance Dispute 

Brenau University CFO David Barnett said Friday that the university is well aware of an ongoing dispute between the university’s group health insurance carrier and Gainesville-area health facilities and doctors – a dispute that could have significant impact on university employees’ health care options.

“We are monitoring the situation closely,” said Barnett, “and we will be looking into the best alternatives that will serve the best interests of our employees.”

Barnett made the comment following news reports earlier this week and letters that some employees received recently indicating that a contractual dispute between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, the university’s health insurance provider, and Gainesville-area service providers, including Northeast Georgia Medical Center and area doctors, has reached an impasse. Unless some agreement is reached, the health care providers will no longer be part of the insurance company’s network. The dispute does not affect employees who do not use the Gainesville hospital or other local providers subject to the dispute.

“That could mean some higher costs for our employees who do get their health care in Gainesville and Hall County,” said Barnett. “We hope the issues can be resolved. But we will keep employees apprised of any developments in the matter or any actions that affect our employees directly or indirectly.”