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UnitedHealthcare back in network with Memorial Hospital

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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Thousands of Chattanoogans insured by UnitedHealthcare are able once again to get care at Memorial Hospital without paying out-of-network charges.

UnitedHealthcare, the second-biggest health insurer in Tennessee, announced Saturday that it has reached agreement with Memorial over reimbursement rates for hospital services.

The agreement ends a 10-day impasse that meant UnitedHealthcare and United Medicare Advantage subscribers couldn't use Memorial for nonemergency care without paying out-of-network fees, which are 20 to 30 percent higher.

Lisa McCluskey, a vice president for Memorial Health Care System, said the contract is retroactive to Nov. 1, when the previous agreement expired.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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