GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana and Benefis Health Systems have partnered to offer reduced cost health care for large group health insurance plans.

The Great Falls Tribune reports that the newly filed network Blue Options will enable members of Blue Cross's large employer-sponsored health plans who purchase the product to pay less by going to Benefis Health System for medical care.

The Blue Options network will be available for self-funded plans beginning Jan. 1, 2017. A similar product for fully insured groups has been filed and is anticipated to also launch next year.

Blue Cross of Montana Chief Medical Officer Dr. Monica Berner says the Blue Options network is available in Cascade County, where Benefis is based, and will soon launch in Missoula and Billings.