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Expansion of BlueChoice Medicaid plan gets state OK

Staff Report
Published Jan. 29, 2014

BlueChoice HealthPlan Medicaid’s request to expand its Medicaid managed care coverage to include Georgetown, Greenwood and McCormick counties has won approval from the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

With the expansion into the three counties, BlueChoice HealthPlan Medicaid now operates in all 46 counties of South Carolina.

Effective Jan. 1 of this year, Medicaid-eligible residents of Georgetown, Greenwood and McCormick counties may select BlueChoice HealthPlan Medicaid as an option for traditional Medicaid services, the Columbia-based insurance company said. The plan also offers wellness programs and a 24-hour nurse line.

The agreement also allows for the addition of 430 health care providers in the three counties to the statewide network of preferred providers. Self Regional Healthcare, Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Waccamaw Community Hospital are also included in the network.

More than 9,000 health care providers and 52 hospitals are part of the plan’s statewide network.

The state agency serves as the administrator of South Carolina’s Medicaid managed care program. Residents who establish Medicaid eligibility with the agency may elect to receive their benefits through a managed care plan offered by a private company.

“BlueChoice HealthPlan Medicaid has worked hard to develop a network of quality health care providers,” said Scott Graves, president and COO of BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina. “As a South Carolina-based company, we’re especially pleased to be able to offer our plans statewide now.”

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