AIS’s Directory of Health Plans

Datapoint: Zing Health Scores Investment From Newlight Partners

May 27, 2020

Newlight Partners LP last week said it has made a “significant investment,” up to $150 million, in Zing Health, a Chicago-based insurer focused on providing coverage to underserved seniors. The provider-led, technology-focused Medicare Advantage organization launched its first offerings in the 2020 plan year. As of May 2020, Zing Health serves 354 members in Illinois.

Newlight Partners LP last week said it has made a “significant investment,” up to $150 million, in Zing Health, a Chicago-based insurer focused on providing coverage to underserved seniors. The provider-led, technology-focused Medicare Advantage organization launched its first offerings in the 2020 plan year. As of May 2020, Zing Health serves 354 members in Illinois.

Source: AIS’s Directory of Health Plans

Datapoint: Centene Spearheads Health Disparities Task Force

May 21, 2020

Centene Corp. last week unveiled a new health disparities task force staffed with ten leaders spanning from the former vice president of the Navajo Nation to a hospital CEO in New Orleans. Centene will use the task force’s insights to study and address health disparities seen in its most vulnerable populations, paying particular attention to issues that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Centene is currently the largest managed Medicaid payer in the U.S., serving 7.85 million lives (not accounting for its acquisition of WellCare Health Plans, Inc.). The insurer has recently expanded its presence in the Medicare Advantage sector, and currently enrolls 340,001 seniors and Medicare-Medicaid dual eligibles.

Centene Corp. last week unveiled a new health disparities task force staffed with ten leaders spanning from the former vice president of the Navajo Nation to a hospital CEO in New Orleans. Centene will use the task force’s insights to study and address health disparities seen in its most vulnerable populations, paying particular attention to issues that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Centene is currently the largest managed Medicaid payer in the U.S., serving 7.85 million lives (not accounting for its acquisition of WellCare Health Plans, Inc.). The insurer has recently expanded its presence in the Medicare Advantage sector, and currently enrolls 340,001 seniors and Medicare-Medicaid dual eligibles.

Source: AIS’s Directory of Health Plans

Datapoint: United to Expand to Maryland Exchange Market in 2021

May 19, 2020

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) last week said UnitedHealthcare will join Kaiser Permanente and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in the state’s 2021 ACA exchange market. United’s presence in the individual markets has dropped dramatically since its high of 34 states in 2016, with the insurer now enrolling about 153,000 exchange members in just three states. Gov. Hogan said about 29,000 people have newly enrolled in Maryland’s exchange throughout the state’s special coronavirus open enrollment period, which will run through June 15.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) last week said UnitedHealthcare will join Kaiser Permanente and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in the state’s 2021 ACA exchange market. United’s presence in the individual markets has dropped dramatically since its high of 34 states in 2016, with the insurer now enrolling about 153,000 exchange members in just three states. Gov. Hogan said about 29,000 people have newly enrolled in Maryland’s exchange throughout the state’s special coronavirus open enrollment period, which will run through June 15.

Source: AIS’s Directory of Health Plans

Datapoint: Aetna Wins New Texas Medicaid Contract

May 14, 2020

Aetna last week said its Texas Medicaid subsidiary, Aetna Better Health of Texas, was awarded a new STAR Kids contract to serve members in the state’s seven-county Dallas service area. As of January 2020, the Star KIDS program provided health coverage to 155,071 Texans with disabilities aged 20 and younger. Aetna currently serves 4,407 STAR Kids members in the Fort Worth area, and 81,486 Texas Medicaid beneficiaries overall.

Aetna last week said its Texas Medicaid subsidiary, Aetna Better Health of Texas, was awarded a new STAR Kids contract to serve members in the state’s seven-county Dallas service area. As of January 2020, the Star KIDS program provided health coverage to 155,071 Texans with disabilities aged 20 and younger. Aetna currently serves 4,407 STAR Kids members in the Fort Worth area, and 81,486 Texas Medicaid beneficiaries overall.

Source: AIS’s Directory of Health Plans

Datapoint: States See Initial Shifts in COVID-Fueled Medicaid Enrollment

May 13, 2020

As states begin to release Medicaid enrollment data from the second quarter of 2020, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public sector programs is starting to take shape. For example, from February to May, Arizona saw a boost of 81,344 Medicaid enrollees, growing 4.3% to 1.96 million lives. From February to April, West Virginia saw gains of 13,119 lives, growing 2.5% to 537,166 enrollees, while North Carolina saw an addition of 38,572 Medicaid members, a 1.8% boost that brings its total Medicaid population to 2.22 million lives.

As states begin to release Medicaid enrollment data from the second quarter of 2020, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public sector programs is starting to take shape. For example, from February to May, Arizona saw a boost of 81,344 Medicaid enrollees, growing 4.3% to 1.96 million lives. From February to April, West Virginia saw gains of 13,119 lives, growing 2.5% to 537,166 enrollees, while North Carolina saw an addition of 38,572 Medicaid members, a 1.8% boost that brings its total Medicaid population to 2.22 million lives.

Source: AIS’s Directory of Health Plans