One of the nation's largest health insurers has been shown the door by BayCare Health System, Tampa Bay's dominant non-profit hospital chain.
The dispute over money affects 400,000 United customers in employer, Medicare and Medicaid plans, said Elizabeth Calzadilla-Fiallo, spokeswoman for the Florida division of the Minnesota-based insurer.
Medicare members are in open enrollment until Dec. 7, so those who want to switch to a different health plan still have time to do so. BayCare, in letters and newspaper ads, has been inviting them to make the switch.
Meanwhile, United has taken the unusual step of making some of the contract numbers public to back up its argument that BayCare is being greedy. For its part, BayCare says United owes millions in unpaid bills.
Customers are left in the middle.