On the heels of walking back a hotly debated policy restricting emergency room coverage, UnitedHealthcare is now rolling out a different policy aimed at lowering health care costs by clamping down on some members’ out-of-network benefits. However, one industry observer predicts the latest policy change won’t see nearly as much blowback as UnitedHealth’s ER move. In an email to AIS Health, a spokesperson for UnitedHealthcare stated that the insurer is updating its commercial certificate of coverage around out-of-service-area/out-of-network coverage of medical and behavioral health services — a change it will roll out through 2021 and 2022.
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