Arizona Physicians IPA Public Sector Health Plan is Now UnitedHealthcare Arizona Physicians IPA

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Arizona Physicians IPA (APIPA), serving 310,000 members in Arizona, has changed its name to UnitedHealthcare Arizona Physicians IPA.

The name change, effective Jan. 1, unifies APIPA with other Medicaid health plans under the UnitedHealthcare banner. By aligning its health benefit companies under a common brand, UnitedHealth Group looks to continue to strengthen its provider networks and improve service to its members. Over the next 12 months, the company, which will continue to be based in Arizona, will complete its transition to UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Arizona.

“This change is part of our effort to make health care simpler and more effective for all those we serve, especially our members and the state of Arizona. We want to build on the UnitedHealthcare brand and its recognition in the market place,” said Kent Monical, president, UnitedHealthcare Arizona Physicians IPA. “The change allows us to speak with one voice to our members, providers, employer groups and other constituents.”

UnitedHealthcare Arizona Physicians IPA has notified members of the change and will issue new identification cards later in the year. The change will not affect current relationships with the network of physicians and other health care providers who participate in the health plan.

“Members and care providers can count on us to provide access to the same high-quality services in 2011 and beyond,” added Monical. “We will continue our tradition of developing innovative health care solutions while providing the compassionate care our members deserve.”

Members may contact the health plan by using the number on their ID card or by calling (800) 348-4058. A new website will be launched in early 2011, providing enhanced member and provider portals for government-sponsored health care plans. The new site will be found at the same location on the Internet as the current site –

About UnitedHealthcare Arizona Physicians IPA
UnitedHealthcare Arizona Physicians IPA (APIPA) serves more than 310,000 Arizona residents throughout the state of Arizona, with more than 250,000 AHCCCS members in La Paz, Maricopa, and Pima and Yuma counties. APIPA also serves the state’s developmentally disabled members in all counties, implements the CRS program on behalf of the state and serves more than 20,000 members through its UnitedHealthcare Dual Complete (HMO SNP) Medicare plan. The health plan is a unit of UnitedHealthcare Community & State, the public sector health care business of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH). UnitedHealth Group is a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. UnitedHealthcare Community & State serves more than 3 million people in government-sponsored health care programs in 24 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit


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