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What is a Preferred Provider?

Beginning with the 2015-2016 policy year, a Preferred Provider is a doctor, hospital or other health care provider that particiaptes in the UnitedHealthcare Options Choice Plus Network.

The advantage to using a Preferred Provider is that these providers have contracted to provide specific medical care at negotiated prices. Out-of-Network providers have not agreed to any prearranged fees. Consequently, when insured students use Preferred Providers, their out-of-pocket expenses will generally be lower because any applicable cost sharing will be based on a Preferred Allowance.

The insured person should be aware that Preferred Provider hospitals may be staffed with Out-of-Network providers. Receiving services or care from an Out-of-Network provider at a Preferred Provider hospital does not guarantee that all charges will be paid at the Preferred Provider level of benefits. However, if a Covered Medical Expense is incurred due to a Medical Emergency, benefits will be paid at the Preferred Provider level of benefits.

To locate providers participating in the UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus network, call UnitedHealthcare toll-free at 866-948-8472 or click on the 'Search for Provider' button below.

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To locate participating mental health providers, click on the 'Search for Provider' button below.

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Network participation is subject to change, so please verify with the provider that they are participating in the network when making an appointment or at the time of service.

For the 2014-2015 policy year, the Preferred Provider Network was MagnaCare. To locate a MagnaCare Preferred Provider in New York click below and select MagnaCare PPO from the dropdown menu.

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  • Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk
    500 Victory Road, Quincy, MA 02171
  • Phone
    617-769-6095
  • Toll Free
    877-320-4347
  • Fax
    617-479-0860
  • Email
    hofstrastudent@gallagherstudent.com