Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

All Children's Hospital, UnitedHealthcare resolve contract dispute that affected thousands

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and UnitedHealthcare have agreed to rates, ending a stalemate that left United members paying out-of-network fees. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and UnitedHealthcare have agreed to rates, ending a stalemate that left United members paying out-of-network fees. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]

ST. PETERSBURG  — UnitedHealthcare members can once again pay in-network rates at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, the hospital and the insurance company announced Thursday.

All Children's had been out of network since May, when contract negotiations between United and the hospital broke down. All Children's wanted United to pay more; United said All Children's was asking for too much.

 

UNITED, ALL CHILDREN'S CONTRACT DISPUTE: Previous coverage

 

Stalemate between All Children's Hospital, UnitedHealthcare leaves families in a bind

The two sides have now reached consensus on rates, All Children's president Dr. Jonathan Ellen said, adding that he was "not at liberty" to disclose details. They still have to hammer out some fine points, and a final agreement isn't expected until July 1. But United members can pay in-network rates immediately.

"The voice of the families mattered," Ellen said. "UnitedHealthcare heard them and we heard them, and that pushed us all forward."

The agreement affects thousands of families across the Tampa Bay area. United covers some of the region's largest private employers and local governments, including Pinellas County government, the cities of St. Petersburg and Tampa, and Raymond James.

Contact Kathleen McGrory at kmcgrory@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8330. Follow @kmcgrory.

 

All Children's Hospital, UnitedHealthcare resolve contract dispute that affected thousands 06/08/17 [Last modified: Thursday, June 8, 2017 9:59pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lightning buries Penguins (w/video)

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Those wide-open, end-to-end, shoot-at-will games are a lot of fun to watch, especially when those shots are going in the net. But if the players had their druthers, they would rather have a more controlled pace, one with which they can dictate the action.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) advances the puck through the neutral zone during the first period of Saturday???‚??„?s (10/21/17) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  2. Spain planning to strip Catalonia of its autonomy

    World

    BARCELONA, Spain — The escalating confrontation over Catalonia's independence drive took its most serious turn Saturday as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced he would remove the leadership of the restive region and initiate a process of direct rule by the central government in Madrid.

    Demonstrators in Barcelona protest the decision to take control of Catalonia to derail the independence movement.
  3. Funeral held for soldier at center of political war of words (w/video)

    Nation

    COOPER CITY — Mourners remembered not only a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him.

    The casket of Sgt. La David T. Johnson of Miami Gardens, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. is wheeled out after a viewing at the Christ The Rock Church, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017  in Cooper City, Fla. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP) FLMIH102
  4. Chemical industry insider now shapes EPA policy

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has struggled to prevent an ingredient once used in stain-resistant carpets and nonstick pans from contaminating drinking water.

    This is the Dow chemical plant near Freeport, Texas. Before the 2016 election, Dow had been in talks with the EPA to phase out the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which is blamed for disabilities in children. Dow is no longer willing to compromise.
  5. Unforgiving wildfires affect vineyard workers and owners

    Nation

    SONOMA, Calif. — When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back, spending days digging firebreaks and sleeping among their vines.

    Wilma Illanes and daughter Gabriela Cervantes, 8, found their home intact, but had lost a week’s wages and sought aid.