Cigna does U-turn as new Northwell Health contract is agreed


Cigna does U-turn as new Northwell Health contract is agreed

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New York State’s largest health care provider Northwell Health and Cigna have reached an agreement to continue their 20-year relationship, keeping all Northwell hospitals, physicians, laboratories, home health and other providers in the Cigna network.

The agreement will continue without change through 2018 and all Northwell patients who are insured through Cigna will continue to be cared for by Northwell providers, according to a recent statement.

Last month, Cigna preemptively notified its members that Northwell was leaving the Cigna hospital network, Northwell officials said. "But an agreement has been reached to continue the longstanding participation agreement."

"Members and employers should disregard any communication from Cigna or others stating that Northwell providers will not participate with Cigna Health Plans."

Howard Gold, executive vice president, and chief managed care officer, commented: "Northwell puts its patients first to ensure that all patients receive the medical care they need. We regret any confusion or inconvenience caused by Cigna’s letter."

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