As we’ve communicated in recent months, beginning January 1, 2012, our primary service area will be expanded to include eight northern Illinois counties, bringing the total number of counties in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa to 23.

This growth is the result of work that began about a year ago when we started to look at the possibility of expanding our network into Rockford, Ill. Over the past year, we have not only had success securing contracts in that area, but in the majority of counties in northern Illinois.

Our expanded network includes nearly every major hospital, health system, and physician group — more than 1,100 practitioners, 240 clinic and 8 hospital locations — to give Alliance members access to broad choice of northern Illinois providers at competitive savings rates.

If you are interested in learning more about the new providers in northern Illinois or would like to request a claims analysis to determine if switching to The Alliance network in this area would be of value to you and your enrollees, please see this flyer.

Expanding The Alliance network to new areas continues to be of interest to our members. As you may know, we recently completed our member-focused market research survey, Project 360. We thank those of you who participated and will be evaluating your feedback for additional ways to enhance the value of your membership in The Alliance. If you have ideas about areas where you would like to see us expand, we’d like to hear them. Please contact me.

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