Meridian Health Plan of Illinois Named Top-Rated Medicaid Plan in State

Sep 17, 2015, 19:00 ET from Meridian Health Plan

CHICAGO, Sept. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Meridian Health Plan of Illinois is the top-rated Medicaid HMO in Illinois with a rating of 4 out of 5 in NCQA's Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2015–2016.

"We are proud to achieve the top NCQA Medicaid rating in the State of Illinois for the second consecutive year," said David Livingston, Meridian's President and Chief Operating Officer. "This recognition illustrates how treating members like family, a core Meridian philosophy, results in top-rated quality of care."

Meridian Health Plan of Illinois is one of 28 Medicaid plans in the US that received an overall rating of 4 out of 5. Meridian Health Plan of Illinois was ranked the number one Medicaid HMO in the state and 10th in the nation according to NCQA's Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2014-2015. NCQA changed its rankings methodology in 2015. The new methodology is an overall "rating" on a scale of 1–5, where 5 is the highest score and 1 is the lowest score.

In addition to this top rating in the state of Illinois, Meridian Health Plan of Illinois was also awarded an accreditation status of Commendable for service and clinical quality that meet NCQA's rigorous requirements for consumer protection and quality improvement. NCQA Health Plan Accreditation evaluates the quality of health care that health plans provide to their members.

NCQA Health Plan Accreditation status and NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Ratings status are separate designations. The complete list of NCQA's Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2015–2016 is available online at

National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes clinicians in key clinical areas. NCQA's HEDIS® is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA's website ( contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.

Meridian Health Plan is a family-owned, family-operated health plan with extensive experience in its subsidiary operations in Michigan, Illinois and Iowa. Meridian's affiliates include Medicaid and Medicare health plans and prescription drug plans, a commercial plan available through the Health Insurance Marketplace and MeridianRx, a Pharmacy Benefit Management company. Meridian Health Plan currently serves more than 750,000 members. For more information, visit

SOURCE Meridian Health Plan