Cigna, Allegheny Health Network face July 1 split

Update: Allegheny Health Network signed a one-year in-network agreement with Cigna for commercial members that is effective July 1, the Pittsburgh Business Journal reported June 29.

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Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network could go out of network with Cigna July 1 if the two are unable to reach a new contract, the Pittsburgh Business Journal reported June 6. 

Cigna recently sent letters to commercial plan members stating that it hadn't renewed its contract with the health system, according to the report. Both sides said they are continuing to negotiate. 

Allegheny Health Network has about 20,000 Cigna members who use the health system's services, but it is unclear how many have in-network access, according to the report.

“We want to keep health care affordable, especially as our clients and customers are managing rising prices due to inflation. Unfortunately, Allegheny Health Network notified us they will leave our network July 1 unless we agree to their demands for unreasonably high rates that would significantly increase health care costs for the people we serve," a Cigna Healthcare spokesperson told Becker's. “We have offered Allegheny Health Network reasonable rate increases in line with other local providers. It’s important to remember that the majority of our clients are employers who pay for their employees’ health benefits, and the rate increases Allegheny Health Network is demanding will directly impact local companies, their employees and families."

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