From Medicare Advantage expansions nationwide to partnerships with providers on health plans, these are eight recent payer moves to enter new markets:
- Frontier Primary Care, a Harlingen, Texas-based provider, said it is partering with benefits administrator Flume Health to launch a health plan in South Texas Oct. 1.
- NextBlue of North Dakota is expanding its Medicare Advantage plans to 52 of the state's 53 counties in 2023.
- Sana, a health insurance startup offering plans to small businesses, said Sept. 14 it is expanding to Alabama.
- CareSource, a Dayton, Ohio-based managed care organization, said Sept. 13 it is launching a joint venture with Texas' largest federally qualified health center, Houston-based Legacy Community Health, to participate in the procurement process for Medicaid contracts in Harris and Jefferson counties.
- Health Partners Plans is expanding its Medicare Advantage coverage into Gloucester County, N.J., for 2023, which has a population of nearly 300,000 people.
- Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health said Sept. 8 they are partnering to offer health plans on the individual ACA market in 19 Iowa counties for 2023.
- Mass General Brigham Health Plan in Boston said Sept. 8 it will begin offering new Medicare Advantage plans in 2023. The health plan is officially AllWays Health Partners until Jan. 1.
- UnitedHealthcare and Walmart said Sept. 7 they are launching a new co-branded Medicare Advantage plan in Georgia for 2023, with plans for future market expansion.