UnitedHealthcare Says It Won’t Restrict ER Services Coverage

UnitedHealthcare — which last summer drew the ire of provider groups when it announced plans to roll out more restrictive coverage policies for emergency care — is now making it clear that it has no plans to implement such a change.

In a letter sent Dec. 30 to the American Hospital Association (AHA), the insurer sought to reassure the trade group that “consistent with our prior communication in June 2021, UnitedHealthcare is not implementing any new policy regarding coverage criteria for emergency level care on January 1, 2022.”

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Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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