Contract set to expire between Roper, United Healthcare

Roper St. Francis will honor in-network prices for United Healthcare customers even though the contract between the hospital system and the insurance company is set to expire this weekend.

The contract between Roper St. Francis and United Healthcare is set to expire Saturday, but the hospital system says it will continue to honor in-network prices for United Healthcare patients through the end of April.

“We want patients with United Healthcare to be able to pay the amount that they always have for Roper St. Francis physician visits,” Roper St. Francis spokesman Andy Lyons said in a prepared statement.

An estimated 10,000 people covered by United Healthcare in the Lowcountry have been told to find new doctors and hospitals or expect to pay higher, out-of-network prices if they’ve been using the Roper St. Francis system.

While negotiations between the hospital system and the insurance company continue, both sides have acknowledged that they can’t agree on prices.

Lyons said patients covered by United Healthcare Medicare Supplemental insurance will not be affected by the contract termination.

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