UNC Health and UnitedHealthcare reach an agreement


by Michelle Cassell
Managing Editor 

Late last week, just days before their relationship was due to expire on April 1,  Alan M. Wolf, Director of News and Media Relations for UNC Health, notified TLR that “UNC Health has reached a new, long-term agreement with UnitedHealthcare. The deal prevents an “‘out-of-network situation for thousands of patients across North Carolina.” 

On its website, UnitedHealthcare announced that they have agreed with UNC Health to a new multi-year contract “that ensures continued, uninterrupted network access to the health system’s hospitals, facilities and physicians for people enrolled in employer-sponsored commercial plans, including the Individual Exchange and UMR, as well as our Medicare Advantage plan.”

UnitedHealthcare went on to say, “We thank our members and customers for their support and patience throughout this process and are honored to continue supporting all of the people throughout North Carolina who depend on us for access to quality and affordable health care.”

In a press release announcing the agreement, UNC Health’s chief clinical officer, Dr. Matt Ewend, said, “This new agreement will benefit our patients across the state as well as our providers. Our patients will not face the increased costs and stress of going out of network or seeking new providers for their care. We look forward to working with United in the coming years to improve access, reduce costs, and eliminate obstacles to care.”

UNC Health has posted the latest information on their agreement with UnitedHealthcare (including FAQs) at https://www.unchealthfornc.com/.

Michelle Cassell is a seasoned reporter who has covered everything from crime to hurricanes and local politics to human interest over the course of 35 years. As managing editor, she hopes to encourage writers of a wide range of backgrounds and interests in TLR’s coverage of Southern Orange County news. 

This reporter can be reached at Info@TheLocal Reporter.press

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