Anthem and Covenant Health
Covenant Health, which operates St. Joseph’s hospital in Bangor and St. Mary’s hospital in Lewiston, has been negotiating a new contact with Anthem. Covenant has recently stated that unless an agreement can be reached, they will remove their physicians, providers, and other facilities in Maine from the Anthem provider network, effective July 5, 2023.
The Health Trust is concerned about the potential lack of access to these established providers and hospitals, and we understand that members may be anxious about disruption with their current providers. However, we also recognize that there is a balance to be maintained in order to control the costs of healthcare. Covenant has asked for very large increases in the amounts they are paid for services provided.