Sentara Healthcare, a Norfolk, Va.-based nonprofit health systems of 14 hospitals that also operates a health insurer, said it will combine its Medicaid products into a single plan. The two plans, Virginia Premier and Optima Health, will be united under the Optima Health name beginning July 1. “[This] will enable us to continue to provide a superior customer experience for our Medicaid membership — while also creating efficiencies that support lower costs for the state and reduced administrative burden on health care providers, Colin Drozdowski, president of Sentara Health Plans, said in a May 10 press release. Virginia Premier’s dual eligible Special Needs Plan will continue to operate as Virginia Premier. Virginia Premier currently enrolls 318,705 Medicaid and CHIP members to Optima Health’s 314,982. Sentara is the largest managed Medicaid insurer in Virginia.
Source: AIS’s Directory of Health Plans