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For the second time in recent months, insurance giant UnitedHealthcare is mired in a contract squabble with a large Georgia health care system.

ATLANTA — For the second time in recent months, insurance giant UnitedHealthcare is mired in a contract squabble with a large Georgia health care system. And as before, the battle to hammer out an agreement that both sides can accept is coming down to the wire.

About 80,000 of the insurer’s members would face being out of network – and paying higher costs for medical care – if a contract agreement isn’t reached with the 11-hospital Wellstar Health System by Sunday.

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Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News.

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