Meridian Health Plan to Serve Iowa Medicaid Population

Feb 17, 2012, 18:28 ET from Meridian Health Plan

DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Meridian Health Plan has been selected by the State of Iowa to provide managed Medicaid health services to beneficiaries through a contract with the Iowa Department of Human Services (IDHS).

Meridian Health Plan (MHP) is a physician-owned and physician-managed health plan.  Dr. Andrea "Andy" McGuire, President/COO, leads the Iowa program, which is based in Des Moines. Starting March 1, 2012, she will begin coordinating coverage for Medicaid members within eastern Iowa.

Dr. McGuire is a longtime advocate of quality care in Iowa and looks forward to working with Jennifer Vermeer, Medicaid Director of IDHS, and her team.  "We are honored by the opportunity to serve the residents of Iowa, providing accessible, high quality health care services," said Dr. McGuire. "Fostering strong partnerships with the provider community will play an integral role.  Together, we will help Iowans towards Governor Branstad's Healthiest State initiative." 

Meridian Health Plan has extensive experience in the Medicaid market through its subsidiaries in Michigan and Illinois. 

Meridian Health Plan is the largest Medicaid HMO in Michigan, serving approximately 290,000 members.  In Illinois, Meridian Health Plan has been providing health services to Medicaid enrollees since December 2008, significantly improving health outcomes through high quality care in its first few years of operation.

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SOURCE Meridian Health Plan