New Hampshire Approves Meridian Health Plan Medicaid Contract

DETROIT, May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A contract to provide managed health services to Medicaid beneficiaries between Meridian Health Plan and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) was approved 3-2 on May 9.  Meridian will operate as Granite Care-Meridian Health Plan in the Granite State.

In January 2012, DHHS officials selected Meridian Health Plan as one of three managed care organizations to administer the state's Medicaid program. This is the largest set of contracts in New Hampshire state history, totaling up to $2.2 billion through 2015. 

"We are thrilled with the contract approval and excited for the opportunity to serve New Hampshire residents," said Dr. David B. Cotton, President and CEO of Meridian Health Plan. "Meridian is eager to offer our members accessible, high-quality health services."

On March 28, the state's five-member Executive Council voted to table the contracts until April 18. Voting on the contracts was pushed back again on April 18 when the Council postponed voting until May 9.

"We worked closely with state officials to ensure they had comprehensive information to be confident in their vote and we are delighted with the outcome," said Raymond Pitera, Chief Development Officer at Meridian Health Plan.

Meridian Health Plan is a physician-owned and -operated Medicaid HMO with corporate headquarters in Detroit. Dedicated to continuously improving the quality of care in a low resource environment, Meridian has extensive experience in care management of Medicaid enrollees through its subsidiaries in Michigan, Iowa and Illinois. Currently Meridian Health Plan serves over 300,000 Medicaid members.

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SOURCE Meridian Health Plan