OSF hospitals to no longer take Blue Cross, Blue Shield

PEORIA — OSF HealthCare will be dropping Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Illinois starting on January 1st, according to hospital officials. The announcement came out on Tuesday, which will affect OSF facilities including those in Ottawa, Mendota, Streator, and Pontiac. OSF Media Relations Director Shelli Dankoff said those with Blue Cross will only be able to access care using out-of-network benefits. Officials say talks with Blue Cross will continue, in hopes that they can renegotiate a deal to continue partnership with the company and avoid any disruption to patients.