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June 7, 2014

Local briefs 6/8/2014

Conemaugh, United Healthcare reach agreement

Area families with United Healthcare insurance who received notices that Conemaugh Heath System may no longer honor the plan after June 10 need no longer worry.

An agreement between the parties was reached Saturday.

United Healthcare sent the notices because the state In­surance Department requires such action if a new contract isn’t reached 30 days before the prior agreement ends, company spokeswoman Mary McElrath-Jones said earlier.

Conemaugh officials announced Saturday that a deal was reached.

“We continued to negotiate with United and have reached agreement on new contract amendments this afternoon,” Conemaugh spokeswoman Amy Bradley said in an email. “Therefore there will be no lapse in our participation.”

United Healthcare policies include health management organization (HMO) options for low-income families on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program policies under the state CHIP program.

Work to begin on Coxes Creek bridge

Motorists who use the bridge on Coxes Creek Road (Route 4005) in Somerset Township should prepare for minor delays beginning Monday and a 15.6-mile detour scheduled to begin June 16, PennDOT announced.

The $508,000 project will involve replacement of the bridge.

Water line relocation work in the area is scheduled to begin Monday. Traffic will be controlled by daylight signals.

The detour, set to begin next week, will follow Route 31 to Feglar Road/Husband Road (Route 4009) to Edie Road (Route 4001) and back to Coxes Creek Road.

The detour will be in place until late July, according to PennDOT spokeswoman Tara Callahan-Henry.

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