United cutting Roper from network end of the month

United Healthcare customers in South Carolina will soon have fewer options when they need to make medical decisions.

The health insurance company, which insures 417,000 people across the state, plans to cut all Carolinas Healthcare System providers, including Roper St. Francis doctors and hospitals, from its network Feb. 28.

“We offered to pay Roper St. Francis rates that are similar to what other health plans pay them for the same services, but the hospital system is demanding an increase above the market average without any commitment to the quality or value it provides our customers,” said Daryl Richard, a spokesman for the insurance company. Richard said about 10,000 customers will be affected by this decision.

Roper St. Francis spokesman Andy Lyons said the hospital is committed to quality. “Negotiations continue, but there are significant gaps in what United Healthcare is proposing and what Roper St. Francis considers to be fair rates and contract terms.”

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