Johns Hopkins All Children’s Speaks Out for Patients Impacted by United Healthcare Insurance

We are simply asking for a fair rate that allows us to provide the best care for kids who have highly specialized medical needs.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital’s sole focus is to provide the highest quality and safest care for children, however, a recent insurance change is impacting more than 10,000 pediatric patients. In the first contract renegotiation in more than five years between Johns Hopkins All Children’s and United Healthcare, an agreement has not been reached, leaving children with limited options for pediatric care in the region.

As of May 11, 2017, United Healthcare now considers hospital-based services and provider (physician) services at Johns Hopkins All Children’s as out-of-network. The hospital has asked United to pay a rate in line with what other insurance providers pay in order to focus on its number one priority – taking care of children.

“We are a not-for-profit teaching hospital that is always reinvesting in the care of kids,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and vice dean of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. “We are simply asking for a fair rate that allows us to provide the best care for kids who have highly specialized medical needs. We need to continue to make investments to improve care, develop better therapies, find cures and educate the next generation of pediatric specialists.”

“My son was diagnosed with an inflammatory auto-immune disease which has almost cost him his life,” says Krista Lemon, mother of a patient covered by United Healthcare. “He has required highly specialized care, including major surgeries, nine hospitalizations, and many trips to the E.R. Thanks to Johns Hopkins All Children’s, we still have our boy. He continues to need specialists who are not only…

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