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Medicaid managed care enrollment climbs to 2.2 million

Medicaid managed care enrollment climbs to 2.2 million

Enrollment in HealthChoice Illinois, the state’s expansion of Medicaid managed care, climbed to 2,249,704 during the month of March.

The number of members in the program dropped by nearly 180,000 during the first two months of the year, but is now up 18 percent from Jan. 1, when 1,906,623 were enrolled.

Department of Healthcare and Family Services spokesman John Hoffman said enrollment fluctuations in managed care were anticipated as the state expanded the program.

He said that typically members enter and exit managed care on a steady basis. But with the transition of nearly 1.9 million members to the new program on Jan. 1, there were minimal new enrollments until it expanded statewide April 1.

“At the same time, regular program exiting continued apace during these months due to the normal client eligibility changes, such as cases closing,” he said.

Meridian Health Plan attracted the most enrollees during the first three months of the year at 546,663, followed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois with 469,384 members and IlliniCare Health Plan at 341,300.

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