UnitedHealthCare and Catholic Health East are currently in ongoing negotiations regarding Catholic's participation in the UHC network. While no agreement has been reached, and the current contract expired, UHC has extended Catholic Health East's participation in the network. What this means is that UHC members and their covered families can still use Catholic Health East's hospitals as in-network providers up until the new deadline of June 15, 2015. If no agreement is reached by June 15th and no more extensions are given, members should no longer visit Catholic Health East's hospitals for non-emergency care, or it will be treated as out-of-network and subject to higher copays and coinsurance.
The hospitals in Catholic Health East's system that are affected by this agreement are Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and St. Frances Medical Center in Trenton, Lourdes Medical Center in Willingboro and Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark.
Members affected by this potential network status change will be receiving letters from UCH with details on the transition and alternate hospitals in your area that are considered in-network. Stay tuned for more details or contact Member Services for specific questions.
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