Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut agreed to pay $400,000 to psychiatrists and behavioral-health providers for services dating back to Jan. 1 and to reprocess thousands of claims, the state Insurance Department said Wednesday.
Tina Nanos’ life was bogged down by her weight for years.
“I thought about it. I was overweight for a very large portion of my life,” said Nanos, who lives in Wallingford with her husband and two children, 13 and 5.
But when her weight “skyrocketed” after having her second son, so much so that sitting in an airplane seat and even walking were uncomfortable, she still didn’t change.
Then her employer and health insurer, UnitedHealthcare, offered her a cash incentive. She shed 101 pounds in two years and saved $1,200 on her annual premium.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut and Middlesex Hospital announced Friday afternoon that they have reached a multi-year contract.
The agreement ends a months-long standoff that led to Anthem dropping Middlesex Hospital from its network on Monday, when the previous contract expired. That left Anthem customers faced with either paying higher, out-of-network rates at Middlesex Hospital or going elsewhere for medical services.