PROVIDENCE â€“ On a unanimous voice vote Tuesday, the R.I. House of Representatives adopted a resolution asking the state Health Department to reject any proposal from UnitedHealthcare to stop covering services at Landmark Medical Center and those of 52 physicians who have hospital privileges only at Landmark.
UnitedHealthcare is currently negotiating a new contract to cover state employees with Prime Healthcare Services, the for-profit company that purchased the hospital that serves northern Rhode Island last December. Unitedâ€™s current proposal, according to the resolution introduced by Rep. Stephen Casey (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket) and numerous representatives from Woonsocket and several neighboring communities, â€śwould result in the elimination of Landmark Medical Center from the providerâ€™s networkâ€ť along with the 52 doctors.
â€śThe financial impact from the loss of United revenue to Landmark would be catastrophicâ€ť to both the hospital and community, the resolution states, â€śand the severance of long-standing patient-doctor relationships for local area residents is unconscionable.â€ť
Story appears on page A1 of Wednesday's Call and Wednesday's Times.