INDIANAPOLIS - One of Indiana's largest health networks announced Monday that it reached a contract agreement with a major health insurance agency, allowing roughly 400,000 Hoosiers uninterrupted access to health care.
Indiana University Health (IU Health) said the agreement with Minneapolis-based UnitedHealthcare will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014.
The two organizations have had ongoing negotiations over the past year. They were unable to come to an agreement on a new contract in time, with the old contract expiring at the end of 2013.
IU Health said it has been giving UnitedHealthcare patient an "in-network" status in order to help them still receive the health care they need.
The agreement reached this week means all IU Health facilities are in-network for UnitedHealthcare patients, and all services from Jan. 1 onward will be billed as in-network for those patients.
"While we are pleased to have reached an agreement with UnitedHealthcare, it's unfortunate that our patients experienced any unnecessary stress or inconvenience," IU Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. John C. Kohne said. "We remain committed to offering Hoosiers the nationally recognized, affordable health care they deserve."