BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Erlanger Health System have finalized a new long-term agreement with care options for Chattanooga-area residents.

The agreement takes effect January 1, 2019 and runs through June of 2023, according to a news release. It extends Erlanger’s participation in BlueCross coverage plans including Blue Networks P and S.

Additionally, Erlanger has entered into a new arrangement effective Dec. 1, 2018 to provide in-network care for patients enrolled in the insurer’s BlueCare Plus program, which serves those with complex needs who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

The health system also participates in the BlueAdvantage, BlueCare, TennCare Select, and CoverKids programs.

“This new agreement ensures our members will continue to have in-network access to Erlanger services,” said Scott Pierce, executive vice president and COO of BlueCross. “And we’re pleased it will provide our BlueCare Plus members more choices for quality health care, close to home.”

Erlanger President and CEO Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE said, “Erlanger has always been committed to achieving the best outcomes for our patients, and this agreement serves as an opportunity to provide high-quality, cost-effective care for all patients throughout our region.”