Anthem, Hartford HealthCare Unable To Reach Contract Agreement; Tens Of Thousands To See Medical Costs Spike – Hartford Courant

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Hartford HealthCare were unable to reach a last-minute agreement on a new three-year contract Saturday.

“Unfortunately, after months of negotiations — which included multiple offers by Anthem to increase HHC’s reimbursement — HHC will not accept Anthem’s offer,” company spokeswoman Sarah Yeager said in a statement Saturday evening.

Yeager said Anthem was asking Hartford HealthCare to agree to cost-of-living increases that are comparable to other hospitals in the state.

“HHC is demanding three years of consecutive rate increases that are two to three times the rate of inflation each year,” Yeager said. “That is not acceptable to us and not acceptable or fair to our customers and members.”

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