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Hospital of Central Connecticut Says It Has Reached Agreement With CIGNA

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The Hospital of Central Connecticut has reached a contract agreement with CIGNA Corp. after nearly a year of negotiating. 

Hospital spokeswoman Helayne Lightstone said Thursday afternoon the hospital signed an agreement earlier this week. CIGNA officials confirmed the agreement. Neither the hospital nor CIGNA would not divulge details of the contract, including how long the next contract will last.
 
"We are pleased that we could come to an agreement that keeps this hospital in our network," said CIGNA spokeswoman Gwyn Dilday.

This was the latest in a series of contract standoffs between health insurers and hospitals. At stake was CIGNA's reimbursement rates -- the amount the health insurer pays for medical services -- at the hospital's New Britain General campus, the Bradley Memorial campus in Southington and other satellite offices.

CIGNA officials had said the hospital wanted the insurer to pay "more than double" what federal Medicare pays for the same services. However, hospital CEO Clarence J. Silvia said in a letter mailed to patients that "we have only asked CIGNA for the same fair payments we receive from other private insurance companies."

The current two-year contract expires Feb. 14, and the new contract will take effect after that.

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Matthew Sturdevant is the insurance reporter at The Hartford Courant. He grew up in East Aurora, N.Y., a small village near Buffalo. He started his journalism career in 1999 ... read more

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