MCOs (VA)- Virginia Premier Medicaid members shifting to Optima Health


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Virginia Premier will move its 300,000 Medicaid members to Optima Health on July 1.

Both are owned by Sentara Health and collectively support nearly 750,000 Virginia Medicaid members, according to a May 10 news release from the Norfolk, Va.-based health system. 

Bringing the Virginia Premier Medicaid membership over to Optima Health will enable us to continue to provide a superior customer experience for our Medicaid membership — while also creating efficiencies that support lower costs for the state and reduced administrative burden on healthcare providers,” Sentara Health Plans President Colin Drozdowski said in the release. 

Virginia Premier Medicaid members enrolled as of June 30 will keep their same coverage and benefits but will become Optima Health members. Virginia Premier D-SNP will continue to operate under the Virginia Premier name, and there will be no changes in benefits and services, the release said.

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