Humana to acquire Wisconsin managed care plan Inclusa

Humana will acquire a Wisconsin managed care plan in a bid to bulk up its Medicaid services, the insurer announced Friday.

Inclusa, Inc. offers long-term care coverage as well as supporting 16,600 older adults and adults with disabilities in Wisconsin's Family Care program. The managed care organization has worked with local providers and community resources for more than 20 years to connect members with necessary support and services.

Inclusa partners with more than 6,000 service providers across about 40 service categories, as well as contracts with the state to provide family care services in 68 of Wisconsin's 72 counties, according to the announcement.

“For decades, Humana has been focused on improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Wisconsin and we are pleased to expand both our geographic presence and the scope of services we can offer through the acquisition of Inclusa,” said John Barger, Humana Medicaid president, in a statement.

“The long-term care services delivered by Inclusa and their contracted providers under Wisconsin’s Family Care program provide important assistance for eligible individuals that value their member-centered care model," Barger said. "We look forward to combining Inclusa’s and Humana’s expertise and capabilities to grow the Inclusa business and help even more people get the long-term care they need.”

In 2020, Humana acquired Wisconsin healthcare company iCare, so the new Inclusa deal builds on its Wisconsin efforts. It will also serve to increase the insurer's Medicaid membership, which currently includes about 1 million members in five states: Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, South Carolina and Wisconsin. The company also recently secured contracts in Ohio in Louisiana.

In addition, Humana announced on Thursday that it has completed the divestiture of its majority stake in Kindred at Home's hospice and personal care divisions.

The company previously announced that it would sell off those business arms to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.

“Humana will continue to support the long-term success of these operations through our minority ownership and ongoing strategic partnership,” said Susan Diamond, Humana's CFO, in a statement. “Hospice and palliative services play an important role in the full continuum of care, and we are confident that this new standalone company will continue to provide patients and their families with the resources and high-quality care they need.”