by Jinghong Chen

Priority Health said on Aug. 29 that it plans to acquire Detroit-based Total Health Care, Inc. Combined, the two health insurers would cover more than 905,000 enrollees, according to AIS’s Directory of Health Plans. Grand Rapids-based Priority Health is the second largest health insurer in the state after Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, with more than 810,000 covered lives. If the deal is approved by state regulators, Priority Health will have a stronger presence in the state’s commercial and Medicaid HMO markets. Priority Health and Total Health Care are not the only Michigan-based insurers to strike a deal recently. In June, Health Alliance Plan said it intends to acquire TRUSTED Health Plan to expand its Medicaid footprint.

SOURCE: AIS’s Directory of Health Plans, as of September 2019.