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Anthem waives contract clause that hindered CT health insurance plan

Hartford Courant, January 29, 2010

A state-run health insurance program may have an easier time contracting with hospitals after Connecticut's largest insurer agreed to waive a clause in its own contracts, the Hartford Courant reports. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut has a "most favored nation" clause in its contracts with medical providers that requires hospitals to offer Anthem the same or better discounts offered to other insurers. Anthem has waived the clause, said Anthem spokeswoman Sarah Yeager. Anthem's arrangement had made it difficult for the state-subsidized Charter Oak health plan program to secure contracts with hospitals, the Courant reports.