Insurer and hospital group reach agreement

Anthem, Hartford HealthCare agree.

HARTFORD, Conn. – The state’s largest health insurer and a network of five Connecticut hospitals announced on Thursday night that they resolved their differences and inked a new contract.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Hartford Healthcare had allowed their previous contract to expire earlier this week without a new one in place.

Under the new agreement, Hartford HealthCare and Anthem will broaden their existing accountable care arrangement, which currently covers over 40,000 Anthem members. The arrangement will include specialists and hospitals and will promote more proactive and coordinated management of patients across the care continuum, according to a joint statement from the insurer and the hospital.

More than 100,000 Connecticut residents could have been affected by the impasse, but the new contract will be retroactive to Wednesday, Oct. 1, so there will be no gap in coverage for Anthem customers who see medical professionals at Hartford Hospital, The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, MidState Medical Center in Meriden, William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, Windham Hospital, and The Institute of Living.

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