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Altru Health System Joins NextBlue Network

Medicare Advantage beneficiaries will now have access to care at Altru

Grand Forks, ND – Altru Health System has joined the growing list of health systems participating in the NextBlue of North Dakota (NextBlue) Medicare Advantage provider network.

To serve more North Dakotans, Altru has partnered with NextBlue, a North Dakota-based Medicare Advantage company, to provide more choice for Medicare-eligible residents. NextBlue Medicare Advantage plans will be available to Altru patients Jan. 1, 2022.

“North Dakotans have been underserved in regard to Medicare Advantage options,” said NextBlue President Beth West. “Now backed with the power of several health systems in our state, NextBlue gives North Dakotans Medicare alternatives on par with any state in the nation.”

Altru is known for our commitment to local care and providing the right care at the right time.

“As the only participating locally owned health system in Grand Forks, we are pleased to join with NextBlue, who are solely dedicated to serving Medicare-eligible North Dakotans, to deliver the coverage North Dakota patients need, when they need it,” shared Doug Arvin, Altru CFO.

In addition to a strong local network, one unique aspect of most Medicare Advantage plan networks is nationwide access to providers for emergency or urgent care. “The extensive network offers peace of mind for North Dakota seniors who like to travel or spend winters outside the state,” remarked West. The company’s affiliation with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota allows NextBlue beneficiaries access to 92% of the nation’s doctors and hospitals.

NextBlue plans, which are Medicare Advantage plans, include pharmacy benefits, a national provider network, comprehensive supplemental benefits such as vision, dental, hearing, over-the-counter medications, fitness memberships, Personal Emergency Response Systems and health management support.

NextBlue, a Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota affiliate, is the only North Dakota-based Medicare Advantage company and will offer 2022 plans during the annual enrollment period starting Oct. 15, 2021. Specific plan information will be available Oct. 1. For more information, please visit

About NextBlue of North Dakota
Headquartered in Fargo, NextBlue of North Dakota Insurance Company is the only North Dakota-based Medicare Advantage health insurance company. The company began operating in 2019 and is an affiliate of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND). BCBSND was founded in 1940 with the mission to provide members with affordable access to health care across the state. NextBlue of ND and BCBSND are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Also known as Medicare Part C, Medicare Advantage plans combine traditional Medicare—Parts A and B—into one easy-to-manage plan. In addition to prescription drug coverage, dental, vision and hearing benefits, fitness plans, over-the-counter medication and supplies are examples of common benefits that are included in Medicare Advantage plans.

About Altru Health System
Based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Altru Health System is a physician-led, multispecialty group practice with an acute care hospital, Level II trauma center, specialty hospital, more than two dozen Grand Forks and regional practice locations, and a large home care network. Altru Health System was the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, extending Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise to the patients we serve.

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