Hartford HealthCare, Anthem break leaves tens of thousands out-of-network

Hartford (Conn.) HealthCare is no longer in-network for Anthem members after failing to negotiate a new contract Sept. 30, according to a Hartford Courant report.

Anthem spokesperson Sarah Yeager told the publication "after months of negotiations — which included multiple offers by Anthem to increase HHC's reimbursement — HHC will not accept Anthem's offer." She added, "HHC is demanding three years of consecutive rate increases that are two to three times the rate of inflation each year. That is not acceptable to us and not acceptable or fair to our customers and members."

However, Hartford HealthCare spokesperson Shawn Mawhiney told Hartford Courant the health system "already has agreements with all major insurers, who understand what being paid for quality healthcare requires. Anthem today is paying other providers more than it pays Hartford HealthCare."

Both parties said they are willing to continue negotiations.

Tens of thousands of Anthem members affected by the contract spat lost in-network access to the following Connecticut facilities: Hartford Hospital, the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, Midstate Medical Center in Meriden, Backus Hospital in Norwich, Windham Hospital in Willimantic and the Institute of Living in Hartford. 

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