United Healthcare to reinstate Block Island
The Block Island Times has learned that insurance giant United Healthcare has reversed its earlier decision to drop Block Island Health Services from its roster of providers. The Times had reported on that action in its Oct. 25 edition.
On Nov. 5, United Healthcare replied to the paper’s inquiry about that decision with the following announcement: “We are pleased to say that Block Island Health Center physicians will remain in our Medicare Advantage network for 2014. We value our members on the island and throughout Rhode Island, and look forward to continue serving them next year.”
When reached in her office, BIHS Executive Director Barbara Baldwin said she had been contacted by United Healthcare but was told that it might take up to a week to reinstate Block Island. Baldwin said she was waiting for official confirmation as of Wednesday morning.
Originally, Baldwin received word from United on Oct. 2, when the company informed her that it would “discontinue your [BIHS] participation in the Medicare Advantage Network, effective February 1, 2014.”
United’s action not only affected the island medical center and 24 of its patients who participated in the Medicare Advantage network, but also some 100 physicians and 36,000 Rhode Islanders.
Read the entire story in Friday’s edition of The Block Island Times.