CareSource Announces Intention to Bid to Serve Iowa’s Medicaid Population

Mission-driven nonprofit would bring innovation, expertise in complex populations and peak operations to Iowa

Erhardt Preitauer

President and CEO, CareSource

President and CEO, CareSource

Des Moines, IA, September 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – CareSource, a nationally recognized nonprofit managed care organization, announces its intention to submit a proposal to serve Iowa residents covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In May, the Iowa Department of Social Services announced plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to acquire Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to provide care under the Iowa Medicaid program. Health Link. The tender is expected to be released in December 2021 and contracts will be awarded in the fall of 2022. CareSource is currently working with Iowa regulators to obtain the necessary approvals to serve as the managed care organization in Iowa .

Founded in Ohio, CareSource has a strong Midwestern presence serving over 2 million members in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia, in addition to Georgia. In 2022, CareSource will also begin serving members in Arkansas, particularly state Medicaid members with complex behavioral, intellectual and developmental disabilities.

CareSource is a recognized innovator in healthcare and has been an industry leader in addressing critical issues related to the social determinants of health, which have a major impact on health, well-being and people’s quality of life. With a unique member-centric focus, the organization has developed market-tested transformative programs that put the member first.

“As a non-profit organization, we focus on our members and the communities we serve rather than on shareholders. This makes CareSource unique in today’s managed care environment in Iowa, ”said Erhardt Preitauer, President and CEO of CareSource. “Our state-of-the-art social programs, complex care capabilities and core operations will result in improved quality and health outcomes for the Medicaid population in Iowa, while providing a better experience for both members. and the providers who care for them. ”

In Ohio, its largest market, CareSource continues to uphold the ideals of managed care, ranking both as the highest quality plan while being the lowest cost to taxpayers. Additionally, CareSource is the # 1 plan of choice for Medicaid members and has member and provider customer satisfaction ratings of over 90%.

CareSource has already made a commitment to the Iowans by offering the CareSource Foundation Grant Challenge. This initiative will provide $ 165,000 in grants to nonprofit community health organizations in Iowa. Challenge winners will be announced in November. Additionally, CareSource has secured offices in downtown Des Moines and is in the process of hiring key leaders to support the work in Iowa. Beyond Medicaid, CareSource will also be looking to join the Health Insurance Exchange and provide another option for Iowa residents with its Marketplace plans.

About CareSource

CareSource is a not-for-profit organization recognized as a national leader in managed care. Founded in 1989, CareSource is one of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care organizations and provides lifetime access to care through its multi-state network of health plans, including Medicaid, Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare Advantage and dual eligibility programs. Based in Dayton, Ohio, CareSource serves 2 million members in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. CareSource understands the challenges consumers face as they navigate the healthcare system and transforms healthcare with cutting-edge programs that improve the health and well-being of our members.

To learn more, visit www.caresource.com, follow @caresource on Twitter or like CareSource on Facebook.

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CONTACT: Joseph Kelley CareSource 513.509.8466 [email protected] Nick Laning Advocacy Iowa 515.985.9054 [email protected]

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