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Judge grants temporary injunction to ARH

A judge has granted Appalachian Regional Healthcare a temporary injunction, which means Coventry patients can continue using ARH services until November.

Contract negotiations stalled for nearly two months between the two companies.

For now it has ended with a federal judge accepting an injunction filed by ARH.

The ruling states that the contract will be extended until at least November 1st.

One week ago, a federal judge heard arguments from ARH, the state, and Coventry.

In a 23-page ruling, the judge says that the geo-access system used by Coventry does not present accurate driving times for eastern Kentucky.

The judge also disapproved of the method used by the state which uses 45 mile radiuses around hospitals and not actual drive times.

Some ARH officials that we spoke with say they are pleased with this ruling.

“I’m happy because when you look at the opinion, the judges chief concern was for the people of eastern Kentucky. I think that they're the real winners today because their right to choice has been maintained and that’s the most important thing for these folks that we're trying to serve,” Rick King, ARH Chief Legal Officer, said.

Originally, the contract between Coventry and ARH was set to expire on June 30th. The judge has now ruled that the contract will stay intact until November first.

The judge also ordered Coventry to give ARH a list of patients that have used ARH in the past five years by August 1st.

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