21/02/2024

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Health care for thousands of Mainers at risk as deadline looms in insurance fight

Health care for thousands of Mainers at risk as deadline looms in insurance fight

On the eve of their deadline for a new contract, a Catholic health care system with hospitals in Maine and a major insurer have not reached an agreement, which for months has left about 14,000 patients in limbo.

The contract between Covenant Health, a family of Catholic health care organizations in New England and part of Pennsylvania, and insurer Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield expires Tuesday. As of Monday, differences had not been resolved, according to the insurer.

Starting Wednesday, Covenant Health’s physicians, such as those at St. Joseph Healthcare in Bangor and St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston, will leave the insurer’s network, said Stephanie DuBois, spokesperson for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine.