AboutHealth partners with Arise Health Plan on coverage

AboutHealth, the statewide health care organization with members including Aurora Health Care, has reached an agreement with Arise Health Plan to offer co-branded individual and group coverage.

AboutHealth’s founding health systems are Aspirus, Aurora Health Care, Bellin Health, Gundersen Health System, ProHealth Care, ThedaCare and UW Health. Marshfield Clinic Health System recently joined AboutHealth, but is not yet part of the agreement at this time.

Arise and AboutHealth will offer co-branded individual and group coverage with AboutHealth providers for 2016, and will have individual and small-group plans on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.

“We believe this is the future of health care, where partners come together to provide quality care at lower costs,” said Scott Kowalski, chief operating officer of Arise Health Plan.

AboutHealth president and chief executive officer Greg Devine said, “We are pleased to announce this agreement with Arise Health Plan, which shares our vision for high-quality, value-based health care. This is an exciting time to be part of AboutHealth. We are building a new standard for health care for our patients and our communities.”

The AboutHealth organization was developed with the goal of enhancing clinical quality, increasing efficiency and improving customer experiences through shared practices. The Arise AboutHealth contracted providers presently provide access to care for about 90 percent of Wisconsin’s population and also serve patients in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota. These providers offer patients access to 47 hospitals and more than 7,000 providers.

“AboutHealth’s membership is made up of high-quality and low-cost providers from nearly all parts of the state,” said Dr. Jeff Thompson, chair of the AboutHealth board of directors and chief executive officer of Gundersen Health System. “Our partnership with Arise will be aimed at continuing to provide high-valued services, especially for individuals and group purchasers who seek coverage across a broad geography of the state.”

For 2016, Arise will expand its service area to offer AboutHealth plans in 50 counties. Depending on the county, offerings will include one or more of the following plan categories: on-Exchange individual, off-Exchange individual, on-Exchange SHOP small group, off-Exchange small group, or large group.

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