"All we're asking for are fair rates compared to our competitors," said Dr. Sonia Mehta, Prime's regional CEO for the market that includes New Jersey. For-profit Prime is headquartered in Ontario, California.
UnitedHealthcare said Prime asked for a 14% annual rate increase for its employer-sponsored and individual plans, which it called "unsustainable."
But Mehta claims even 14% wouldn't bring the hospitals close to market rates because they've been underpaid for years.
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