Resolution Allows Patients to Continue Care as Usual
UnityPoint Health® and Amerigroup Iowa (Amerigroup) announced today they have reached an agreement on a Medicaid Health Plan contract. This resolution means UnityPoint Health will continue to be part of the Amerigroup provider network in 2018. Individuals covered by the Amerigroup Medicaid plan do not need to make any changes to their doctors or health plan to continue their care with UnityPoint Health. UnityPoint Health and Amerigroup will each provide additional communication to identified Amerigroup patients to help make them aware of the update.
“A resolution to our Medicaid managed care agreement with Amerigroup allows our patients to continue to receive care from their trusted UnityPoint Health providers and facilities,” said Sabra Rosener, vice president, government and external affairs, UnityPoint Health. “UnityPoint Health remains committed to serving Medicaid members and improving the experience, quality and cost of care for Iowans and looks forward to continuing our partnership with Amerigroup.”
UnityPoint Health and Amerigroup had agreed to a contract extension while discussions continued past the original termination date. With a new contract in place, both parties will continue to partner to serve Medicaid members in Iowa.
“Amerigroup’s top priority is the health and well-being of our members, and we are committed to providing them with access to a comprehensive network of health care providers,” said Cynthia MacDonald, president of Amerigroup, Iowa. “Our continued partnership with UnityPoint Health demonstrates our efforts to ensure that the members we serve in each of Iowa’s 99 counties have broad access to high quality health care services.”
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 Amerigroup Iowa member services at (800) 600-4441.
- 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.
About UnityPoint Health
UnityPoint Health is one of the nation's most integrated health systems, providing care to both metropolitan and rural communities across Iowa, western Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, UnityPoint Health has relationships with more than 400 physician clinics, 21 regional and 19 community network hospitals, 7 community mental health centers, 4 accredited colleges and home care services throughout its 9 regions. UnityPoint Health entities employ more than 32,000 employees who are dedicated to making it easier for people to live well. More at unitypoint.org.
Amerigroup Iowa has been chosen by the state to provide Medicaid coverage for the new IA Health Link program. Amerigroup services provide health care coordination and benefits to members enrolled in the Medicaid, Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, and Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (hawk-i) programs. Amerigroup Iowa members are assured care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered. It provides ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their health care. For more information about Amerigroup Iowa, please visit our website at www.myamerigroup.com/ia