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Health system says it will serve Anthem patients despite contract deadline

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Fredericksburg-based Mary Washington Healthcare says a looming contract deadline with Anthem will not affect services to the health insurer’s patients.

Mary Washington, the parent company of Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg and Stafford Hospital in Stafford County, said Friday it will continue to provide services at in-network rates to Anthem-insured patients if negotiations with Anthem are not resolved by Dec. 31. That is the date when Mary Washington contracts for Anthem’s HealthKeepers HMO, Traditional PPO and Indemnity PPO programs are scheduled to expire.

Mary Washington said it would take the same approach with Anthem’s Medicaid Healthkeepers Plus patients. That contract is due to expires on Jan. 31.
“We are not willing to wait until the last hour and contribute to the anxiety of our community and those we are here to serve,” the health system said in a statement.

The policy means that Anthem patients currently receiving care will pay the same co-payment as if Mary Washington still had an Anthem contracts.

Mary Washington gave Anthem notice of termination in July because its contracts otherwise would automatically renew. The health system says Anthem’s reimbursements are not covering the cost of some services.

Anthem has said the health system is asking for unreasonable reimbursement rates.

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