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Cigna, Chesapeake hospital to extend contract expiration to June 30

By: - June 2, 2023 12:02 am

(Chesapeake Regional Healthcare)

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center will remain in insurance giant Cigna’s network through the end of June after the two agreed to keep their contract alive beyond a previously set June 1 deadline. 

“I am satisfied with the extension and hopeful that we will reach an agreement soon,” said Chesapeake Regional Healthcare President and CEO Reese Jackson in a statement announcing the extension Thursday.

The decision means that Hampton Roads residents who have Cigna insurance through their employers will still be able to get in-network coverage for services from Chesapeake Regional, a public hospital in Virginia’s second-largest city. 

One of the country’s largest health insurers, Cigna controlled about 3.5% of Virginia’s health insurance market in 2021. 

The company has been embroiled in a disagreement with Chesapeake Regional since September, when it notified the hospital it planned to terminate its contract over concern about what it described as high reimbursement rates. 

“We want to keep health care affordable, especially as our clients and customers are managing rising prices due to inflation,” the insurer said in a statement to the Mercury this May. “Unfortunately, the majority of services that our customers access at Chesapeake General are more expensive than other local hospitals, and each year their rate increases have outpaced other area hospitals.”

Chesapeake Regional has said it is “simply untrue” that its services cost more across the board than those offered at other health care facilities.


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Sarah Vogelsong
Sarah Vogelsong

Sarah is Editor-in-Chief of the Mercury and previously its environment and energy reporter. She has worked for multiple Virginia and regional publications, including Chesapeake Bay Journal, The Progress-Index and The Caroline Progress. Her reporting has won awards from groups such as the Society of Environmental Journalists and Virginia Press Association, and she is an alumna of the Columbia Energy Journalism Initiative and Metcalf Institute Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists.