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Statement Regarding United Terminating Its Contract With Nemours

Monday, Feb 10, 2014

Delaware Valley

“At Nemours we are dedicated to improving the health of children and families. We know a disruption to a child’s care is a serious matter. It is one that is very concerning to us too.

UnitedHealthcare (United) notified Nemours they are terminating their relationship with Nemours in Delaware as of April 1, 2014. This action applies to both Medicaid and commercial insurance contracts. Since that time we have been engaged in good faith negotiations with United. Unfortunately, United’s proposed contract terms were financially unsustainable and jeopardized our ability to continue providing high-quality care for children and families. We are focused on finding a solution that preserves our ability to provide the unique levels of care upon which our reputation has been built.

We have contracts with all other major insurance providers in Delaware and enjoy good relationships with them as we have for many years. We are hopeful that someday we will reestablish our relationship with United. In the meantime we remain committed to ensuring that children and families have access to the care they need to grow up healthy.”

— Roy Proujansky, MD
Chief Executive, Nemours Delaware Valley Operations

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens, KidsHealth.org, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours ReadingBrightstart.org is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.