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Sarah Bush Lincoln and Health Alliance Reach Agreement

January 7, 2020 3:14 p.m.

Sarah Bush Lincoln and Health Alliance Medical Plans recently reached a five-year agreement that now includes Sarah Bush Lincoln services in the health insurance plan.

All of the facilities owned and the medical staff employed by Sarah Bush Lincoln will begin accepting Health Alliance Medical Plans on Jan. 1, 2020.

Sarah Bush Lincoln Chief Financial Officer Dennis Pluard cited a few reasons for the new contract. “Sarah Bush Lincoln has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, including the acquisition of the operations of Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia and several medical practices in Effingham (orthopedic, primary care, surgical care and interventional pain) where Health Alliance owns a considerable share of the insurance market. We needed to be active in this health plan to better serve the community.” Additionally, in a larger effort to accommodate the patients’ needs, Health Alliance has made assurances that any healthcare services available locally would be performed locally.

Pluard added, “We’re pleased with the contract and look forward to serving our patients’ healthcare needs in East Central and Southern Illinois.”

“Considering our history in east-central Illinois dates back more than 35 years, we are thrilled to enter into this direct partnership with an organization that has a commitment to the health of our communities,” said Health Alliance Chief Operating Officer Sinead Rice Madigan. “For more than 40 years, Sarah Bush Lincoln has served patients from Coles County and its surrounding areas with high-quality healthcare services. That’s why we believe a local health plan option will support this already excellent healthcare experience.”

For a full list of insurance plans accepted at Sarah Bush Lincoln, go to or call SBL Patient Financial Services at

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