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Anthem, Hartford HealthCare fail to agree on new contract

HARTFORD — 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 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.

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

” Unfortunately, being out of network is causing anxiety, confusion and disruption among our patients — and we want to do everything we can to mitigate that.

Now that Hartford HealthCare is out of Anthem’s Network, we strongly advise our patients who will have to pay higher out of pocket costs to fill out Anthem’s Care Continuation Form and send it to Anthem for consideration. They can be downloaded at www.hartfordhealthcare.org/anthem. ”

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.