Military Insurer Resumes Talks With Samaritan

Military Insurer Resumes Talks With Samaritan

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Humana Military, the insurer that cut ties with 22 doctors in specialty practices linked to Samaritan Medical Center on January 1, is still negotiating with Samaritan.

Humana Military stopped using the specialists after they couldn't reach an agreement over what Samaritan Medical Practice would be paid.

However, a spokesperson for Samaritan told 7 News Humana Military contacted Samaritan's leadership to start talking again on January 26. A meeting was held that day and another was held the following week. 

We don't know what the outcome of the meetings were or whether progress was made. However, Fort Drum officials say the continuing dispute is not affecting the quality of care people with Humana insurance receive.

"Fort Drum medical activity continues to provide quality health care to our soldiers, family members and retirees. Our beneficiaries are still receiving referrals to the network; they are still getting the care that they require based on their medical needs," said Warren Wright, MEDDAC public affairs officer. 

Last month, a town hall meeting was held on Fort Drum to talk to Humana insurees about how their health care was going to be affected by Humana's split with Samaritan. At the meeting, a representative from Humana said that although Humana will not be referring patients to Samaritan, those already there don't have to move on to a new doctor.

"If you are already seeing that provider in that particular specialty and you already have approval and have been getting care, we want you to continue to see them," said the representative on January 10. 

He also said people will not have to travel long distance for treatment if they don't want to.

"We have had a network in place for years and what's happened is that people have chosen to go to Syracuse or other surrounding areas based on what their desire is," said the rep last month.

7 News reached out to representatives from Humana Military numerous times Monday without any response. 

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