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Eastern Connecticut Health Network and UnitedHealthcare/Oxford Health Plans Sign Multi-Year Agreement

MANCHESTER, Conn., January 5, 2012 ― Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) announced today it is back in-network with UnitedHealthcare/Oxford Health Plans after signing a new two-year network participation agreement after months of negotiations. The agreement goes into effect immediately.
 
“We are pleased that members of UnitedHealthcare/Oxford Health Plans (United/Oxford) will again have access to health care services at our two hospitals, Manchester Memorial and Rockville General,” says Peter J. Karl, President and CEO at ECHN. “This new agreement with United/Oxford allows us to continue achieving our mission to improve the well-being of our communities by providing high-quality compassionate health care and ensures that we can continue to re-invest in the programs, facilities, equipment and medical talent that they depend on. Again, I would like to thank the members of our community, employers, and physicians for their patience during this time, as well as our legislators for their support.”
 
“Our new agreement with ECHN builds upon UnitedHealthcare’s commitment to provide Connecticut residents with broad access to quality, affordable health care,” said Stephen Farrell, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of New England. “ECHN is an important provider of health care services in eastern Connecticut, and we know our customers appreciate having local access to their facilities.”
 
UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, serves about 600,000 Connecticut residents with a health care network of more than 8,400 physicians and 34 hospitals statewide. 
 
About ECHN
ECHN is a not-for-profit health care system serving 19 towns in eastern Connecticut. Its network of affiliates includes Manchester Memorial Hospital, Rockville General Hospital, Woodlake at Tolland Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Eastern Connecticut Medical Professionals, Women’s Center for Wellness, Visiting Nurse & Health Services of CT, Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute, and more. Visit our website at www.echn.org for more detailed information about the health system. 
 
About UnitedHealthcare
 
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals, and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.