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For Immediate Release
March 8, 2016

Contact Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9313 or

DHHS Announces Change in Contract Recommendation for Heritage Health

Lincoln, NE – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care today announced a change in its recommendation for one of the three managed care organizations previously announced to administer the upcoming Heritage Health program.
A limited re-evaluation completed for one component of the Request for Proposal responses has resulted in WellCare of Nebraska joining Nebraska Total Care (Centene) and United HealthCare Community Plan as the three managed care organizations selected to integrate physical and behavioral health care and pharmacy services for Medicaid recipients.  The original intent to contract was announced February 5.

WellCare of Nebraska replaces Aetna Better Health of Nebraska.  The other plans that had originally submitted bids were Arbor Health Plan and Meridian Health.

Calder Lynch, Director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care, said the corporate overview section was re-evaluated, in consultation with the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services, due to a scoring error isolated to that section.

Lynch said state law provides for a fair and competitive bidding process.  The Department of Administrative Services will execute final contracts with the chosen managed care organizations.  Once contracts are awarded, the health plans will undergo a thorough readiness review before they begin providing services to Medicaid recipients, with an expected start date of January 1, 2017.

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