Outcry Forces UnitedHealthcare to Delay Plan to Deny Coverage for Some E.R. Visits

June 10, 2021

The New York Times

Others noted that such a policy could thwart federal efforts to enlist emergency rooms in reaching more people for immunization against the coronavirus.

“This new policy will leave millions fearful of seeking medical care, just as we’re getting hold of the Covid-19 pandemic and trying to get as many people vaccinated as possible,” Dr. Mark Rosenberg, the president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said in a statement earlier this week.

If United still goes ahead with the change later on, the policy would apply to millions of people in United’s fully insured plans in 35 states, including New York, Ohio, Texas and Washington. People covered through an employer that is self-insured or enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan or Medicaid would not be affected. The policy would exempt care for children under 2 years old.

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