UnitedHealthcare and hospitals reach agreement

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HARTFORD – Hartford HealthCare and UnitedHealthcare negotiated down to the wire, but were able come to terms late Tuesday on an agreement covering the insurance companies customers who are patients at the health care provider.

The agreement means there will be no interruption of coverage for patients with UnitedHealthcare plans, which includes Oxford-branded plans. The previous agreement was scheduled to expire at midnight Wednesday morning.

“We are pleased to have been able to work collaboratively with UnitedHealthcare to arrive at this truly patient-centered agreement,” said Jeffrey Flaks,  CEO of Hartford HealthCare in a statement.

The negotiation resulted in a what was described as a “multi-year agreement.”

Stephen Farrell, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of New England said in a statement, “We are pleased that individuals and families in Connecticut will continue to have local access to critical health services.”

UnitedHealthcare serves more than 475,000 people in Connecticut.