Anthem, Hartford HealthCare fail to agree on new contract

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut patients who receive medical care through Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield could face higher costs after the insurance provider and Hartford HealthCare failed to agree on a new three-year contract.

The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/2g2jHpL) that Anthem spokeswoman Sarah Yeager said Saturday that Hartford HealthCare rejected Anthem’s offer. She says the health system wanted three years of consecutive cost-of-living increases that are “two to three times the rate of inflation” each year.

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Hartford HealthCare spokesman Shawn Mawhiney says Anthem is paying other providers more than it pays HHC.

Due to the missed deadline, state patients insured through Anthem are considered out-of-network. They could pay higher out-of-pocket costs at hospitals in the system starting Sunday.

Yeager says Anthem will try to transition customers now considered out-of-network to other providers and hospitals.

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