Centene Subsidiary 'Ohana Health Plan Selected to Continue Offering Community Care Services to Hawaii Medicaid Members
February 24, 2021 at 07:33 AM EST
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today its Hawaii subsidiary 'Ohana Health Plan was selected to continue administering services through the Community Care Services (CCS) program in partnership with the Hawaii Department of Human Services' Med-QUEST Division. The new three-year, statewide contract is anticipated to begin July 1, 2021 with the option for two, one-year renewal extensions.
Hawaii's CCS program delivers behavioral health services to approximately 5,000 Medicaid-eligible adults age 21 and older who have severe mental illness (SMI) or a severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). 'Ohana Health Plan has been the sole provider of CCS services in Hawaii since 2013.
"We are humbled and proud to be selected to continue serving CCS members, which is a testament to our unique expertise, hard work, and dedication to working with our state partners and supporting our members with severe behavioral health conditions," said Scott J. Sivik, 'Ohana Health Plan President and CEO. "Over the past several years, and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked to strengthen our network of providers and enhance our partnerships with local community-based organizations, so we can provide our members with access to quality, cost-effective behavioral healthcare services – especially during these challenging times."
Through the CCS program, 'Ohana Health Plan members have access to a number of benefits to meet their behavioral health needs, including intensive case management. 'Ohana Health Plan case managers meet one-on-one with members to assess their health needs, plan their care programs, and monitor their progress towards reaching their behavioral health goals. CCS members also have access to addiction support services, residential and outpatient treatment, prescription drug and medication management, emergency and crisis services, and employment services, among others.
"We are honored to continue our long-standing partnership with the state of Hawaii to provide comprehensive, quality healthcare to members living with complex behavioral healthcare needs," said Brent Layton, Centene's Executive Vice President, Markets, Products, International, and Chief Business Development Officer. "Centene has a long history of providing integrated physical and behavioral healthcare in Hawaii and across the nation. This new contract reinforces our unique 'whole health' approach to care, and we look forward to continuing to work with local providers and community partners to help our members live better, healthier lives."
'Ohana Health Plan, which operates under WellCare Health Insurance of Arizona, Inc., has served Hawaii residents through the state's Medicaid program since 2008. On Jan. 23, 2020, Centene Corporation acquired WellCare Health Insurance of Arizona, Inc. through its acquisition of WellCare Health Plans.
As of Dec. 31, 2020, 'Ohana Health Plan serves approximately 50,000 Medicaid and Medicare Advantage members across the state.
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