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 April 5, 2005
Providers question insurer's readiness to cover state workers
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. Health care providers told state lawmakers last night that they're worried the state's new health insurer doesn't have enough providers in its newtwork

Physical therapists, social workers, psychologists and a representative of a chain of private medical laboratories also asked lawmakers to pressure UnitedHealthcare to pay them more and treat them better.

Members of the Joint Legislative Committee on Health Care Oversight said they were concerned by what they heard.

United is expected to take over the care of 52,000 state employees, retirees and their dependents from rival Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island on May 1st.

According to The Providence Journal, committee chairman Representative Stven Costantino said he's worried about the lack of communication providers complained of.

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