Tufts entering R.I. Medicaid market – Rhode Island News

Tufts entering R.I. Medicaid market – Rhode Island News

CRANSTON – Tufts Health Plan, which is new to the Medicaid market in Rhode Island, is one of three health plans, along with Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, that have signed contracts with the state to pay for health care services for Rhode Island’s Medicaid population.

The news was announced Thursday by the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Contracts are effective for five years with five optional one-year extensions, according to the state agency.

“With our mission to improve the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve, the opportunity to serve more Rhode Island residents is exciting for us,” Tom Croswell, president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan, said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Governor Raimondo and the state to support their efforts to improve Medicaid in Rhode Island. It’s our intent to offer a Medicaid plan that provides excellent value and service.”

With the addition of Tufts Health Plan, the 250,000 Medicaid-eligible Rhode Islanders now have a choice of three health plans.

The state expects to hold an open enrollment period this summer to allow Medicaid members the option to stay in their current…

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