April 19, 2017

Hartford HealthCare, UnitedHealthcare agree to new deal

Hartford HealthCare and UnitedHealthcare agreed to a new two-year network relationship deal ahead of an April 15 deadline, avoiding possible higher out-of-pocket costs for insured customers using Hartford HealthCare facilities.

The agreement means there is no disruption in coverage for patients with UnitedHealthcare plans, including Oxford Health Plans, Hartford HealthCare said on its website. Had a new deal not been reached by April 15, Hartford HealthCare's hospitals and ancillary facilities, physicians and medical professionals would have been considered out of UnitedHealthcare's provider network.

Individuals who are enrolled in UnitedHealthcare's individual, Medicare, and employer-sponsored plans will continue to have in-network access to all Hartford HealthCare facilities and providers participating through Integrated Care Partners, the website said.

Both sides had been haggling over rates and other issues and went through a similar showdown two years ago before a deal was reached.

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