October 13, 2017

HHC, Anthem still trying to restore contract agreement

After two weeks without an agreement, Hartford HealthCare and Anthem are still in talks to resurrect a contract that expired Sept. 30.

"We have had several meetings this week and we will continue to meet with Anthem and bargain in good faith," said HHC Spokesperson Shawn Mawhiney via email.

Anthem Spokesperson Sarah Yeager could not be reached for comment.

The longer the time period without a contract, the more concerned HHC patients are that they will have to switch doctors to be covered by insurance and in some cases, when open enrollment resumes, may have to select a different insurer, Mawhiney said. HHC is advising patients of their options on its website. Alternative insurers include Aetna, Cigna, ConnectiCare, UnitedHealthCare, Harvard Pilgrim and WellCare, he said.

Talks broke off by Oct. 1, but resumed on Oct. 2 and have been continuing, Mawhiney said.

HHC also filed a lawsuit against Anthem, however, for allegedly refusing to reimburse the healthcare provider directly for necessary emergency medical services.

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