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Update: UnitedHealthcare, ECHN Reach New Deal

A UHC executive said a new contract should be formalized soon.

UnitedHealthcare/Oxford and the Eastern Connecticut Health Network have tentatively agreed on a new provider-insurer contract and UHC expects to formalize the new deal over the next few days, an UHC executive said on Thursday.

The former contract, which primarily affected services at Rockville General Hospital and Manchester Memorial Hospital, expired in October.

The contract did not apply to emergency situations, just general hospital care.

Daryl Richard, the vice president of public relations for UHC, said that the two sides reached an agreement "on all major portions of the negotiations" and UHC expects expect to sign the contract over the next few days. 

He said more information will become available once the deal is signed by both parities.

UHC and ECHN are in the process of issuing a joint news release explaining portions of the new deal.

Chris Dehnel January 05, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Mike, we will get more details when the contract is officially signed.
M. Troy January 05, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Not that I like MMH but I do need their lab services. It has been unbelievable looking for replacement Drs. and services. I have everything from CHF to kidney failure and the last 2 months have been hell. Almost 13,000 a year for insurance and than have them argue about services. ECHN and UNITED HEALTHCARE should be looked into to put its customers, who pay the bills, in that kind of position. There should be some kind of policy so they will still take thier people without extra moneys if you are still negotiating.
Steve Starski January 06, 2012 at 06:36 AM
I'm glad they are negotiating and are near agreement.
Dottie Konarski January 08, 2012 at 02:53 PM
We left United Health Care because they said premiums most likely wouldn't go up since they hadn't in 5 years. They went from $90 to $109 to $119 in the 3 years we belonged. We switched to Connecticare 2 years ago....they cover Rockville and Manchester hospitals without any 'negotiting'. They are also NO premium for the plan we are in. A GTL policy was suggested to cover hospitalization after medicare's 100 days and we pay only $79.42 total for the two of us...less than ONE premium under United Health Care!
Dottie Konarski January 08, 2012 at 02:56 PM
That should be 'negotiating'!

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