Centene Arizona Subsidiaries Awarded Contract Expansion to Continue Serving Arizonans with Serious Mental Illness
ST. LOUIS, Nov. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today its Arizona subsidiaries Arizona Complete Health-Complete Care Plan and Care1st Health Plan Arizona were selected by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) for a Competitive Contract Expansion (CCE) to continue providing access to physical and behavioral healthcare services to Title XIX/XXI eligible persons with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and to administer the state's crisis system, grant-funded services, and court-ordered evaluations. The new three-year agreement, with the possibility of two, two-year extensions, is anticipated to begin Oct. 1, 2022.
"We are honored to continue our long-standing partnership with the state of Arizona to provide access to comprehensive, quality healthcare to members living with serious mental illness and other complex situations and crisis," said Brent Layton, Centene's President and Chief Operating Officer. "Centene has a long history of coordinating integrated physical and behavioral healthcare in Arizona, and we look forward to continuing to work with local providers and community partners to help Arizonans live better, healthier lives."
Arizona Complete Health-Complete Care Plan currently serves as an AHCCCS Complete Care plan for Central and Southern Arizona as well as the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Southern Arizona. Care1st Health Plan Arizona currently serves as an AHCCCS Complete Care plan for Northern Arizona. Together, the plans submitted the bid for the new CCE program to offer services in the Southern region serving Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pima, Santa Cruz, and Yuma counties and the Northern region serving Yavapai, Apache, Navajo, Coconino, and Mohave counties.
"It is a privilege to have been selected to continue serving Arizonans living in crisis or with severe mental illness," said Arizona Plan President and CEO Martha Smith. "Our mission is to transform the health of our communities, one person at a time, which we believe requires a holistic approach to care that addresses mind, body, and social determinants of health, such as nutrition, housing and employment. The result is improved health outcomes, lower costs, and a higher quality of life."
The AHCCCS CCE contracts will cover approximately 22,000 beneficiaries in the Northern and Southern regions, as well as all Arizonans in those regions in need of crisis services.
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Centene Corporation, a Fortune 25 company, is a leading multi-national healthcare enterprise that is committed to helping people live healthier lives. The Company takes a local approach – with local brands and local teams – to provide fully integrated, high-quality, and cost-effective services to government sponsored and commercial healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Centene offers affordable and high-quality products to nearly 1 in 15 individuals across the nation, including Medicaid and Medicare members (including Medicare Prescription Drug Plans) as well as individuals and families served by the Health Insurance Marketplace, the TRICARE program, and individuals in correctional facilities. The Company also serves several international markets, and contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide a variety of specialty services focused on treating the whole person. Centene focuses on long-term growth and the development of its people, systems and capabilities so that it can better serve its members, providers, local communities, and government partners.
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Released November 16, 2021