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Wellmont, United Healthcare avoid deadline, reach deal on services

Staff Report • Sep 27, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Three days before a hard deadline that would have discontinued in-network benefits for patients, Wellmont Health System and United Healthcare reached an agreement to continue access for people enrolled in the company's Medicare Advantage plans.

Earlier this month, the regional health care provider announced a rejection of United Healthcare's initial contract proposal, which a Wellmont representative said would have set up a financial loss for the company.

On Friday, a media release announced that a deal had been reached between the two, but did not reveal the specifics of that agreement.

According to information released when the initial proposal was rejected, patients insured under company’s four plan’s, which include AARP Medicare Complete Essential, AARP Medicare Complete Plan 2, AARP Medicare Complete Plus Plan 1 and United Healthcare Dual Complete could have lost in-network benefits if a deal had not been struck.

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