MINNEAPOLIS, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Bright Health announced its plan to offer Medicare Advantage plans in Cincinnati, Springfield, Youngstown and Toledo, making Ohio the newest market addition to Bright Health's exclusive Care Partner Health Plan collaborations. Bright Health filed paperwork with the federal government to begin offering 2019 Medicare Advantage plans in Ohio during this fall's annual enrollment period.
Bright Health is partnering with Mercy Health, whose clinically integrated network coordinates effective and efficient care for more than 350,000 patients today. This partnership provides Bright Health customers with access to Mercy Health's provider network, offering seamless care delivery to ensure high quality medical care at lower costs. Mercy Health has 20 hospitals and more than 2,700 primary and specialty care providers at 500 locations across Ohio. This unique collaboration between Bright Health and Mercy Health offers Medicare Advantage plans to Ohioans that are affordable, provide comprehensive benefits, and achieve real outcomes using data-driven, clinically-coordinated care.
"Bright Health is excited to have the opportunity to meet the healthcare needs of hardworking Ohioans," said Bob Sheehy, Bright Health's co-founder and chief executive officer. "Over the past decade, we have been witnessing an evolving healthcare delivery landscape, marked by consolidation of small, independent providers into large, comprehensive health systems. Mercy Health, with its proven track record of providing superior, personalized care more than 6.8 million times each year is the perfect partner for our Ohio market entry. Our Care Partner Health Plans put consumers first and eliminate the friction that has existed between providers and insurers in the past, allowing our members to focus on what really matters – their health."
"We are excited by the partnership between Mercy Health and Bright Health for their Medicare Advantage plans in Ohio," said Tom Golias, Chief Managed Care Officer of Mercy Health. "Collaborating with Bright Health, as their Care Partner of choice, gives our Medicare patients an excellent, high-value health insurance option that marries convenience and best-in-class care. At Mercy Health, we are dedicated to expanding access to our network through unique partnerships like this, setting a new standard in service for the people of Ohio."
Bright Health received conditional approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") for its Ohio Medicare Advantage plans. Starting with the 2019 plan year, Bright Health intends to offer Medicare Advantage plans to Ohio residents in the Cincinnati, Springfield, Youngstown and Toledo areas via its website, www.BrightHealthplan.com, its call center, broker partners and the Medicare.gov website.
About Bright Health
Bright Health provides affordable health insurance for everyday individuals. Through its exclusive Care Partnerships in local communities, Bright Health is reshaping how people and providers achieve better health together by making healthcare simpler, more affordable and personal. Bright Health currently offers a range of individual, family and Medicare Advantage plans in Arizona, Colorado and Alabama via its website, call center, broker partners and through government websites as well as public health insurance exchanges. Bright Health co-founders include Bob Sheehy, former CEO of UnitedHealthcare; Kyle Rolfing, co-founder and former CEO of Definity Health and RedBrick Health; and Tom Valdivia, MD, MS, former chief health consumer officer of Definity Health. Learn more at BrightHealthPlan.com.
About Mercy Health
Mercy Health is the largest health system in Ohio and among the top five employers in the state, with more than 33,500 employees serving communities throughout Ohio and in Kentucky. Mercy Health provided care for patients more than 6.8 million times in 2017. The system includes assets of $6.8 billion and nearly 500 care facilities including 23 hospitals and 26 post-acute care facilities including senior living communities, hospice programs and home health agencies. Its clinically integrated network, coordinates more effective and efficient care for more than 350,000 patients, saving money for taxpayers through the Medicare Shared Savings Program. In keeping with its mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the health of its communities, Mercy Health provides more than $1 million per day in community benefit services. For more information, visit www.mercy.com or connect with Mercy Health on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram and Twitter (@mercy_health).
SOURCE Bright Health