|[September 09, 2013]
Cigna-HealthSpring Awarded Additional Contracts for Texas' Medicaid STAR+PLUS Program in the Northeast Medicaid Rural Service Area
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --(Business Wire)--
company (NYSE:CI) and leading health service company serving Medicare
and Medicaid customers, today announced that they will expand their
Texas STAR (News - Alert)+PLUS service area to include the Northeast Medicaid Rural
Service Area (MRSA) for service beginning September 1, 2014.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) selected
Cigna-HealthSpring to serve the STAR+PLUS population in Northeast Texas
based on Cigna-HealthSpring's strong track record of providing Texans
access to high quality care at an affordable cost. The Northeast MRSA
includes 34 counties in Northeast Texas: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie,
Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Cooke, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Gregg,
Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Marion, Montague, Morris,
Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine,
Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood.
Cigna-HealthSpring has a history of providing access to high quality,
coordinated health care in Texas. The company has offered Medicare
Advantage plans in the state since 2002 and currently serves more than
100,000 Medicare Advantage customers in Texas. Cigna-HealthSpring has
participated in Texas' Medicaid STAR+PLUS program since the program
expanded in 2011 and currently serves more than 24,000 STAR+PLUS
customers in the Dallas/Fort Worth market and Rio Grande Valley.
"We have a deep understanding of the needs and challenges fcing both
patients and providers in the region and within the Medicaid and
Medicare program," said Benjy Green, executive director of
Cigna-HealthSpring Medicaid in Texas. "That experience combined with our
focus on care coordination greatly strengthens our ability to
successfully serve senior and disabled populations and I believe
residents in Northeast Texas will see what an excellent choice
Cigna-HealthSpring STAR+PLUS is as they learn more about the value of
the benefits we offer."
The STAR+PLUS program combines health and long-term services to elderly
and people with disabilities, enabling them to achieve improved health
and wellness access, quality outcomes at home or in assisted living
facilities. Under the STAR+PLUS program, Cigna-HealthSpring arranges for
a continuum of care with a variety of options and flexibility to meet
Through STAR+PLUS, Cigna-HealthSpring provides eligible enrollees with a
wide range of quality health care services including:
Primary and specialty provider care
Mental health care and substance use disorder treatment
The STAR+PLUS managed care program has yielded proven, positive results
for beneficiaries. HHSC reports that STAR+PLUS beneficiaries enrolled in
managed care have lower rates of inpatient stays and ER visits.
Additionally, HHSC reports improved clinical outcomes and improved
access to care when compared to Medicaid beneficiaries not enrolled in
HHSC selected Cigna-HealthSpring as one of two health plans to serve the
approximately 42,000 STAR+PLUS customers in Northeast Texas beginning
September 1, 2014. STAR+PLUS beneficiaries may choose to select one of
the two health plans or be automatically enrolled by the proposed
program start date of September 1, 2014.
To enroll in STAR+PLUS, call the STAR+PLUS Helpline at 1-800-964-2777
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time, or visit www.yourtexasbenefits.com.
To learn more about the Cigna-HealthSpring STAR+PLUS plan, call
Cigna-HealthSpring toll-free at 1-877-966-9272 Monday through Friday, 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time, or visit http://starplus.mycignahealthspring.com.
Cigna-HealthSpring, a Cigna company (NYSE:CI), is one of the country's
leading health plans focused on delivering care to the senior
population, predominately through Medicare Advantage and other Medicare
and Medicaid products. Cigna-HealthSpring serves over one million
customers in locations across the country. Based in Nashville,
Tennessee, Cigna-HealthSpring operates health plans in Alabama, Arizona,
Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi,
New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and
Washington, D.C. Cigna-HealthSpring also offers a national stand-alone
prescription drug plan. For more information, visit www.cignahealthspring.com.
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