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UnityPoint Health: possibility of no longer participating in Amerigroup Medicaid plan

MGN Online

UnityPoint Health announced Wednesday it is notifying approximately 54,000 patients that its contract with Amerigroup of Iowa may end on December 31.

Americagroup is one of two remaining MCOs that participate in Iowa's managed Medicaid program. If an agreement is not reached by the end of the year, UnityPoint Health will no longer be part of the provider network for Amerigroup beginning January 1, 2018.

“We are disappointed that our contract issues with Amerigroup are not yet resolved and know the announcement of a possible change may cause confusion for our Amerigroup patients,” said Sabra Rosener, vice president, government and external affairs, UnityPoint Health in a release. “We feel an obligation to inform our patients now about this possible change so they can begin to think about what’s best for them and their families if the change occurs.”

If UnityPoint Health is no longer in the Amerigroup network, UnityPoint Health hospitals, UnityPoint Clinic and UnityPoint at Home will no longer provide care for Amerigroup members beginning April 1, 2018, except for emergency care. UnityPoint Health will continue to be in-network for Iowa’s other MCO network, UnitedHealthcare.

For more information, Amerigroup members can:

• Visit the UnityPoint Health website for more information and updates as they become available at www.unitypoint.org/IowaMedicaid.

• Contact Iowa Medicaid Member Services toll-free Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (800) 338-8366 or (515) 256-4606 in the Des Moines area; or visit http://dhs.iowa.gov/iahealthlink.

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