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More hospitals agree to accept Connecticut public plan payments

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted March 29, 2010

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Three additional hospitals in Connecticut have agreed to participate in the state-subsidized health insurance program Charter Oak, following an agreement by health insurer Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut, to waive its "most-favored nation" contract clauses as it pertains to Charter Oak.

According to state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, hospitals were worried that if they accepted low payments for caring for Charter Oak members, WellPoint-owned Anthem would demand those same prices for their own members. Anthem agreed not to do that with hospitals but gave physicians no such assurances.

In a March 2 news release, Blumenthal praised Anthem for its cooperation and said every Connecticut county now has at least one participating hospital.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/03/29/bibf0329.htm.

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