AIS’s Directory of Health Plans

Datapoint: Kaiser Pledges $25 Million to California Housing Fund

January 22, 2020

Kaiser Permanente last week pledged $25 million to California Governor Gavin Newsom (D)’s new affordable housing fund, which aims to combat homelessness in the state. Homelessness and housing insecurity can greatly exacerbate health issues among vulnerable populations, and a Kaiser official in a press release said the initiative aligns with its goal to “create total health for our members and our communities.” Kaiser Foundation Health Plan currently serves 8.8 million members in California, with 208,899 enrolled in a Medicaid or Medicare-Medicaid dual eligible plan.

Kaiser Permanente last week pledged $25 million to California Governor Gavin Newsom (D)’s new affordable housing fund, which aims to combat homelessness in the state. Homelessness and housing insecurity can greatly exacerbate health issues among vulnerable populations, and a Kaiser official in a press release said the initiative aligns with its goal to “create total health for our members and our communities.” Kaiser Foundation Health Plan currently serves 8.8 million members in California, with 208,899 enrolled in a Medicaid or Medicare-Medicaid dual eligible plan.

Source: AIS’s Directory of Health Plans

Datapoint: United’s MA Enrollment Grew More Than 7% Year-Over-Year

January 21, 2020

From January 2019 to January 2020, UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment grew 7.5% to 6.2 million lives, according to the latest update to AIS’s Directory of Health Plans. During the company’s fourth-quarter 2019 earnings call last week, UnitedHealth CEO David Wichmann called the most recent Medicare Annual Election Period its “strongest ever,” and said the company expects to enroll an additional 700,000 MA members over the course of 2020.

From January 2019 to January 2020, UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment grew 7.5% to 6.2 million lives, according to the latest update to AIS’s Directory of Health Plans. During the company’s fourth-quarter 2019 earnings call last week, UnitedHealth CEO David Wichmann called the most recent Medicare Annual Election Period its “strongest ever,” and said the company expects to enroll an additional 700,000 MA members over the course of 2020.

Source: AIS’s Directory of Health Plans

Datapoint: Cigna, Oscar Health Partner to Launch New Small Business Plans

January 20, 2020

Cigna, the fourth-largest health insurer in the United States, and health care startup Oscar Health last week said they will join forces to offer new fully insured commercial products for the small group market. The new plans, set to launch sometime this year, will integrate primary medical, behavioral health and pharmacy benefits, as well as a 24/7 telemedicine service, according to both companies. About 12.3 million people are currently enrolled in small group plans, with Cigna and Oscar both holding relatively small shares of the market, at 34,619 and 18,371 lives, respectively.

Cigna, the fourth-largest health insurer in the United States, and health care startup Oscar Health last week said they will join forces to offer new fully insured commercial products for the small group market. The new plans, set to launch sometime this year, will integrate primary medical, behavioral health and pharmacy benefits, as well as a 24/7 telemedicine service, according to both companies. About 12.3 million people are currently enrolled in small group plans, with Cigna and Oscar both holding relatively small shares of the market, at 34,619 and 18,371 lives, respectively.

Source: AIS’s Directory of Health Plans

Datapoint: Kansas Lawmakers Reach Potential Medicaid Expansion Deal

January 16, 2020

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly (D) last week said she has reached a bipartisan agreement with the state’s Republican-held legislature to expand Medicaid. The proposal, which includes provisions to create a program to help the newly eligible adult population find employment (but not a traditional work requirement) still must gain official legislative approval. Kansas currently serves 400,702 Medicaid beneficiaries, with 91.0% enrolled in managed care plans.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly (D) last week said she has reached a bipartisan agreement with the state’s Republican-held legislature to expand Medicaid. The proposal, which includes provisions to create a program to help the newly eligible adult population find employment (but not a traditional work requirement) still must gain official legislative approval. Kansas currently serves 400,702 Medicaid beneficiaries, with 91.0% enrolled in managed care plans.

Source: AIS’s Directory of Health Plans

Datapoint: Bright Health to Acquire California MA Plan

January 15, 2020

Startup insurer Bright Health is set to expand into the California Medicare Advantage market with its planned acquisition of Orange County-based Universal Care, Inc., which operates the MA plan Brand New Day. Brand New Day currently serves 41,103 MA members in California, including 1,790 Medicare-Medicaid dual eligibles. The deal will boost Bright Health’s total membership by 68.4%, to more than 100,000 lives.

Startup insurer Bright Health is set to expand into the California Medicare Advantage market with its planned acquisition of Orange County-based Universal Care, Inc., which operates the MA plan Brand New Day. Brand New Day currently serves 41,103 MA members in California, including 1,790 Medicare-Medicaid dual eligibles. The deal will boost Bright Health’s total membership by 68.4%, to more than 100,000 lives.

Source: AIS’s Directory of Health Plans