BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York today announced an alliance with Amerigroup Partnership Plan to help administer and manage the company’s Medicaid managed care programs.
BlueCross BlueShield recently notified the New York State Department of Health (DOH) of the agreement and its intention to continue to serve its current 26,000 Medicaid members. Pending approval from DOH, BlueCross BlueShield will begin to enroll new members in the coming months and anticipates the full transition of management services to Amerigroup by the end of 2016.
BlueCross BlueShield members do not need to make any changes as a result of this agreement. Additional information and updates will be provided to BlueCross BlueShield Medicaid members, health care providers and all other critical stakeholders in the coming months.
The agreement is limited to BlueCross BlueShield’s state-sponsored programs and does not impact any other lines of business, nor reflect any broader long-term strategy.
“We have a long history of supporting our Medicaid members, which is core to our mission as a community-based, not-for-profit health plan,” said Dave Anderson, President and CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. “Amerigroup’s experience and expertise will allow us to remain in Medicaid long term, and continue to deliver access to high-quality health care.”
Amerigroup’s parent company serves more than six million Medicaid members nationwide through its subsidiaries, including 460,000 Medicaid members in downstate New York through Empire HealthPlus. It maintains similar alliances with several partners across the country who participate or desire to participate in Medicaid programs.
“We are pleased to align with an outstanding community-focused organization like BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York to bring our more than two decades of experience in helping low-income families and people with disabilities,” said Jack Stephenson, president of Empire HealthPlus who will help manage the relationship. “We look forward to the opportunity of serving them and bringing them tested and trusted health care solutions.”
Amerigroup is adding approximately 40 new jobs to the Western New York work-force with the potential to double that amount as membership grows.
Members with any questions may contact BlueCross BlueShield’s customer service department by calling the telephone number listed on the back of their member ID cards.
Medicaid is a government-funded health insurance program that provides coverage to low-income and certain aged and disabled individuals. Individuals seeking coverage for Medicaid should contact the New York State of Health Marketplace to determine their eligibility by visiting www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov or calling (855)355-5777.