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Dignity Health, Health Net Fail To Reach Insurance Deal

Thousands of Arizonans who have insurance through Health Net are no longer covered at one of the Valley’s large hospital chains.

After months, Health Net and Dignity Health could not reach a deal on reimbursement rates and other contract terms.

That means about 5,000 people who have been going to Dignity’s hospitals and clinics like St. Joseph’s and Chandler Regional Medical Centers are no longer in-network.

The disruption affects many different kinds of policies — commercial HMO and PPO, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid — but only a small fraction of everyone in Arizona with Health Net. Those who are currently in-patient will be able to finish their treatment, according to a Dignity spokesperson.

Negotiations have ended, and there was no indication of whether or not a new deal would be reached.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.