BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WSFA) – UAB Health System and UnitedHealthcare have agreed on a health insurance contract that leaves little time. UAB Health System and United Healthcare have entered into a health insurance policy. The contract means that United Healthcare policyholders can continue to see their UAB medical providers and use all units in the UAB health system. UAB and United have two weeks to complete the interim agreement. The new contract is valid for two years. The interim agreement means that people with UnitedHealthcare insurance policies and Medicare Advantage health plans can continue to use their UAB medical staff and all UAB medical facilities without interruption. The agreement will allow Alabama residents enrolled in UnitedHealthcare and Medicare Advantage`s health plans to access UAB facilities and physicians. United should no longer be accepted in most UAB units without an emergency as of July 31, after the two companies have not entered into a contractual agreement. Approximately 25,000 policyholders were affected by the situation. “We are pleased to have been able to reach an agreement with United Healthcare that allows us to continue our mission to provide the highest health care to its policyholders in Alabama,” said Will Ferniany, CEO of UAB Health System, Ph.D., “As the state`s flagship hospital, we provide medical services that no other health facility can provide and we are committed to providing our services to all in the state.” “As the state`s flagship hospital, we provide medical services that no other health facility can provide and we are committed to providing our services to all in the state of Alabama,” he said. Following Wednesday`s agreement, UnitedHealthcare issued a statement saying, “We recognize that UAB`s care is not only important, but also personal to our members, and we understand that the negotiation process may have been difficult for them.
Our first priority throughout this process has been to ensure that the members we serve in Alabama have access to quality and affordable health care, and we appreciate UAB`s cooperation in achieving this result. UnitedHealthcare and UAB reached an agreement on the day the UAB health system had to stop accepting insurance. The two organizations will work together over the next two weeks to complete the agreement. During this period, United policyholders may continue to receive uninterrupted care in UAB facilities. Last month, the UAB health system sent 40,000 letters to patients who, over the past two years, have received united insurance at a UAB unit informing them that they will soon have to pay fees in the absence of an agreement. “We are pleased to have been able to secure an agreement with United Healthcare that will allow us to continue our mission to provide the highest healthcare to its policyholders in Alabama,” said will Ferniany, CEO of UAB Health System, on Wednesday.