Land of Lincoln Health (LLH) announced its collaboration with eight Illinois health care providers to deliver an innovative line of Preferred Partner health plans for the people of Illinois.

These specialized plans, which are set to become available to consumers during the upcoming Open Enrollment period beginning November 15, are designed to provide access to quality, affordable health care for consumers who prefer to visit specific doctors, hospitals, and health systems.

"We’re entering an exciting, groundbreaking era of health insurance that will benefit consumers and small businesses across the state, working hand-in-hand with the provider community," said Jason Montrie, president.

"As Illinois’s first and only CO-OP, Land of Lincoln Health is paving the way toward a better health care delivery system. With the launch of these Preferred Partner Plans, members have unparalleled access to their providers, and the ability to save money while receiving care from the doctors and hospitals they most trust."

With these plans, patients can see their preferred provider for the lowest copays, coinsurance and out-of-pocket costs. These plans will typically cover visits to physicians, nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants or other providers.

Hospitals and health systems partnering with to offer these Preferred Partner Plans include, Adventist Midwest Health, Advocate Health Care, Centegra Health System .

The partners also include Chicago Health System (Chicago Health Medical Group, MacNeal Hospital, Weiss Memorial Hospital, West Suburban Medical Center, Westlake Hospital), Family Health Network (Little Company of Mary Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical Center, Hartgrove Hospital, Norwegian American Hospital, Roseland Community Hospital, Saint Anthony Hospital, Saint Bernard Hospital, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Thorek Hospital).

In addition, the partners include Illinois Health Partners (DuPage Medical Group, Edward Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital, Northwest Community Hospital), Presence Health and Swedish Covenant Hospital.

"Today’s consumers are savvier and more discerning than ever before, and these attractive options will expand LLH’s coverage to whole new populations," said LLH Board member Melinda Kelly, Executive Director, Chatham Business Association.