(Source: Minnesota DHS)
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has finalized managed care contracts for families and children in 80 Greater Minnesota counties and for older adults and adults with disabilities statewide. The new contracts for public health care programs will serve approximately 600,000 Minnesotans, beginning January 1, 2023.
The following managed care plans will have contracts in at least one county: Blue Plus, HealthPartners, Hennepin Health, Itasca Medical Care, Medica, PrimeWest Health, South Country Health Alliance, UCare and United Healthcare Community Plan of Minnesota.
“Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans will receive quality health care because we all focused on achieving results for all enrollees,” said Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead. “These contracts are expanded to improve timely, equitable access to care. We look forward to working with the health plans to drive toward greater outcomes on behalf of the people we support.”
The contract awards cap a robust 2-1/2-year collaboration with counties to design and implement a competitive procurement process that gave most of the weight of the scoring to the counties, while meeting state and federal law.
No enrollees will lose coverage, covered services or access to their prescription drugs due to these contract changes. The majority of enrollees will have choices in their health plan options.
The contracts awarded cover 80 Greater Minnesota counties for the prepaid Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare programs. Last year, DHS awarded contracts to serve families and children in the seven metro-area counties.
The contracts for older adults and adults with disabilities will take effect statewide for the Minnesota Senior Health Options, Minnesota Senior Care Plus and Special Needs BasicCare programs.