Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Health

State senator asks health regulators to look into BayCare-UnitedHealthcare contract fight

State Sen. Jack Latvala on Tuesday asked Florida's health care regulators to look into the feud that has left more than 400,000 UnitedHealthcare customers in Tampa Bay with limited access to the region's largest hospital group, BayCare Health System.

At his request, officials at the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation and the Agency for Health Care Administration are looking into the dispute, Latvala said. He noted that there are state regulations addressing the prompt payment of medical bills, an issue in BayCare's battle with United, which also provides coverage to state Medicaid recipients. United has accused BayCare of seeking unreasonable rate increases.

Latvala, a Republican, represents a north Pinellas district heavily dominated by BayCare facilities, including the Morton Plant Mease hospitals. The contract between United and BayCare expired at midnight on Monday.

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