April 20, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:03 pm

ConnectiCare, CT Children's ink new deal

While Connecticut Children's Medical Center continues its drawn-out contract dispute with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the hospital on Friday reached an agreement on a new provider contract with Farmington health insurer ConnectiCare.

Terms of the new ConnectiCare deal aren't being disclosed, but the announcement comes at time when the Children's Medical Center is in a major contract battle with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut.

The Anthem deal expired last week meaning thousands of Children's Medical Center patients will be forced to pay higher, out of network rates to receive care there or be forced to choose a different hospital.

Anthem and the hopsial have been in contract talks for more than a year but failed to come to an agreement on new terms. The Children's Medical Center is asking for higher reimbursement rates than Anthem is willing to offer.

Children's Medical says Anthem is failing to provide adequate rate increases necessary for them "to continue to meet the growing need for its care and services throughout the state."

Anthem said its "current payments to the hospital more than cover its costs and allows the hospital to earn a significant profit on the services rendered to Anthem's members."

Anthem also says it has proposed increases over the current payment rates.

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