Wellstar’s demands for a 40% price hike for its hospitals would challenge Atlanta employers’ ability to offer affordable health care benefits

Health care costs continue to be a top concern for consumers and employers, and they expect us to make health care more affordable. That’s especially true today, as businesses throughout Atlanta struggle to keep their doors open and attract and retain the employees they need. It’s more critical now than ever that we ensure they have access to affordable health care.

Wellstar’s egregious price hike demands would increase premiums and out-of-pocket costs for our members as well as the cost of doing business for companies that simply want to offer affordable health care coverage for their employees.

Wellstar’s proposal would directly drive up health care costs for our self-insured customers, given that these employers pay the cost of their employees’ medical bills themselves rather than relying on UnitedHealthcare to pay those claims. In the Atlanta area, more than 70% of our members are enrolled in self-insured plans.

Agreeing to a 40% price hike for Wellstar’s hospitals when they’re already the highest cost in Atlanta would have a meaningful impact on health care costs for our self-funded customers. Our largest customers would see their health care costs increase between $1.3 million and $9.2 million over the next three years. Instead of paying for Wellstar’s egregious demands, that money could enable these companies to increase wages and to help grow the business through things like investments in new technologies.