DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Coventry Health Care and UnityPoint Health today announced the expansion of their partnership providing high-performance network plans in the state of Iowa.
“With a growing number of Iowa residents set to enter the health insurance marketplace in 2014, Coventry focused on creating affordable options that ensure more Iowans have access to quality care from the doctors and hospitals they trust”
Coventry’s “Carelink” high-performance network plans will now give more Iowans affordable access to care through the clinics, hospitals and home care services of UnityPoint Health – the nation's fourth largest nondenominational health system.
Coventry’s high-performance network featuring UnityPoint Health has been available to Des Moines residents for over two years. Under the expanded agreement, the network grows to cover the Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Quad Cities/Muscatine areas. Key UnityPoint Health hospitals in the network include Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Blank Children’s Hospital, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, John Stoddard Cancer Center, St. Luke’s Hospital, Allen Hospital and Trinity – Bettendorf, Moline, Rock Island and Muscatine. In addition, the network is supported by UnityPoint Clinic and aligned physicians and providers.
“With a growing number of Iowa residents set to enter the health insurance marketplace in 2014, Coventry focused on creating affordable options that ensure more Iowans have access to quality care from the doctors and hospitals they trust,” said Dale Mackel, Local Market President of Coventry Health Care in Iowa. “Together with UnityPoint Health, we’ve delivered in the Des Moines area. Now, through our expanded partnership, Iowans in the Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Quad Cities areas will have new, more affordable coverage options from an established carrier.”
Bill Leaver, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health, said “At UnityPoint Health, we coordinate care between the doctor, the hospital and care at home – making sure our patients receive the most focused and effective care possible. Coventry’s high-performance network model complements our approach to patient care well. Our collaboration helps bring both quality care and lower premiums across a larger part of Iowa.”
Carelink plans have been submitted to the Iowa Department of Insurance for approval and are planned to be available to individuals, families and employers this fall for January 1, 2014 effective dates.
About Coventry Health Care of Iowa, Inc.
Coventry Health Care of Iowa, Inc. provides a range of traditional and consumer-directed health insurance products to employer groups, Medicare beneficiaries, individuals and families across the state of Iowa. Coventry Health Care of Iowa, Inc., an Aetna company, has served Iowans for over two decades and has an A.M. Best Financial Strength Rating of “A” (Excellent). The latest A.M. Best rating information is available at www.ambest.com.
About UnityPoint Health
UnityPoint Health is one of the nation’s most integrated health systems. Our physician-led team of professionals communicates clearly and effectively to address a patient’s health care in the most appropriate setting: whether that is a clinic, a hospital or at home. Through relationships with more than 280 physician clinics, 29 hospitals in metropolitan and rural communities and home care services throughout its 8 regions, UnityPoint Health provides care throughout Iowa and Illinois.
UnityPoint Health entities employ more than 24,000 employees, working toward innovative advancements to deliver the Best Outcome for Every Patient Every Time. Each year, through more than 4 million patient visits, UnityPoint Health, UnityPoint Clinic and UnityPoint at Home provides a full range of coordinated care to patients and families. With annual revenues of $2.7 billion, UnityPoint Health is the nation’s 13th largest nonprofit health system and the fourth largest nondenominational health system in America.
UnityPoint Health provides community benefit programs and services to improve the health of people in its communities. For more information, see www.unitypoint.org.
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