Grinnell Regional Medical Center will expand acceptance of Medicaid insurance carriers to cover all eligible patients. According to Kyle Wilcox, GRMC’s chief financial officer, GRMC has expanded its contracts with UnitedHealthcare to include the Iowa Medicaid benefit plans, Iowa M-CHIP benefits plans and Iowa CHIP benefit plans, effective December 1, 2017.
GRMC accepts both Medicaid insurance carriers, Amerigroup and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. This means Medicaid eligible patients assigned to one of these two carriers are in network and GRMC is considered a participating provider.
“With an effective date of December 1, 2017, there should not be any delay in care for patients switching coverage from AmeriHealth Caritas for care received at Grinnell Regional Medical Center,” Wilcox says.
Wilcox cautions patients that GRMC may not appear on the Medicaid website: www.dhs.iowa.gov/iahealthlink yet. The website should reflect this change shortly.
Previously the Iowa Department of Human Services had notified members that AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa, Inc., was withdrawing from the IA Health Link managed care program. DHS had planned for individuals to be able to choose Amerigroup Iowa or UnitedHealthcare. Due to concerns with capacity, Amerigroup Iowa is not accepting any additional members at this time. This also includes all new IA Health Link members. This means all AmeriHealth Caritas’ members will transition to UnitedHealthcare effective December 1, 2017.
“GRMC’s mission is to serve all community members and provide the best care possible, regardless of their income. We have worked quickly with the UnitedHealthcare Medicaid carrier to add this option in addition to the Amerigroup insurance,” Wilcox says.
Individuals may contact Iowa Medicaid Member Services toll-free Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 800-338-8366. For questions about GRMC and its financial assistance program, call 641-236-2077.