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Worries about Parkview – Anthem contract negotiations

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- For months, Parkview Health and Anthem insurance have been at odds over a new contract.

The current deal exprires in days.

And if it lapses, you and thousands of other people could pay vastly higher prices or be forced to find new doctors.

"I have a chronic auto immune condition, and there is one Parkview physicians group that I can see, as far as I know, in the entire city of Fort Wayne," says PFW professor Beth Keller.

Keller is worried that Anthem, her health insurance through Purdue, has not yet reached a contract agreement with Parkview, with a deadline looming.

She says on top of transitioning to teaching online because of the coronavirus, the uncertainty about her healthcare has added tremendous stress.

Anthem's contract with Parkview is set to expire July 28.

"People who have any kind of chronic health condition, whether auto immune or not, added stress doesn't make our conditions any better," she says.

Keller says as soon as she found out about those contract negotiations at the first of the year, she began researching a plan B, just in case.

She says her options include continuing to see the doctors she likes but pay more to do it because they would be out of network.

"Another option would be to find a healthcare provider who is an hour or two hours away who may or may not take health insurance," she says.

She's also concerned that since so many people in the region have Anthem insurance and may possibly have to pay more to continue seeing their doctors, that will mean fewer available dollars to spend on other things.

"If I have to plan for five or six visits at X amount of money each visit, then that's money that arguably is lost in other avenues of the local and state economy," Keller adds.

A statement from Purdue Fort Wayne says administrators there remain optimistic that negotiations will lead to a satisfactory resolution.

Anthem's contract with Parkview is set to expire July 28.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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