October 3, 2018

Hartford HealthCare, Cigna forge three-year contract

HBJ File Photo
HBJ File Photo
The front entrance to Hartford Hospital, Hartford HealthCare's flagship campus.

Hartford HealthCare's six hospitals, various other facilities and 2,000 care providers will continue to be in network for Cigna's commercial plan members over the next three years as a result of a new contract agreement.

HHC and Cigna, who announced the deal Wednesday, said they came to terms more than a month ahead of the expiration of the prior contract. The new contract takes effect Nov. 1.

Financial terms were not disclosed. Contracts between insurers and healthcare providers detail prices for a wide array of services and are virtually always kept secret.

The early agreement stands in contrast to HHC's six-week contract standoff last year with Anthem, which led to calls by lawmakers and others to pass state regulations to reduce patient confusion during a contract dispute.

The legislature this year passed Public Act 115, which requires the parties having a dispute to continue to honor the existing deal's terms for 60 days and mandates earlier notification when an insurer removes a provider from its network or vice versa.

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