Bon Secours Health System, VCU Health and Virginia Premier partner to offer individual plans on the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laura Rossacher
VCU Health System
Phone: (804) 827-1730
Email: lrossacher@vcu.edu

Contact: Carol Billingsley
Bon Secours
Phone: (804) 298-3425
Email: carol_billingsley@bshsi.org

Contact: Elisabeth Gabrynowicz
Virginia Premier
Phone: (804) 819-5151, ext. 54092
Email: Elisabeth.Gabrynowicz@VaPremier.com

New partnership will help Central Virginians continue care with preferred physicians

RICHMOND, Va. (May 7, 2018) – Bon Secours Health System, VCU Health and Virginia Premier announced today they have formed a new partnership to bring more options in 2019 to patients insured on the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange in Central Virginia. Pending approvals from the Virginia Bureau of Insurance and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, these plans will be offered in areas served by providers from Bon Secours Richmond Health System, as well as from VCU Health System.

“Care for the commonwealth is fundamental to our mission across the VCU Health System enterprise, including our Virginia Premier health plan. It also is a value we share with Bon Secours, and so are pleased to partner with them again in this effort to provide a means for many of our citizens to access quality health care when and where they need it,” said Deborah Davis, CEO of VCU Health Hospitals and Clinics.

“The last year has been a difficult one for Virginians who rely on the individual market for health coverage,” said Linda Hines, CEO of Virginia Premier. “Three of the four insurance plans on the 2017 exchange pulled out of the exchange for 2018, which resulted in fewer care options for tens of thousands of Virginians. This new partnership brings back options and flexibility for people who want to continue care with providers at VCU Health or Bon Secours. Virginia Premier is excited about entering this market, as it fits well with our mission of providing affordable, yet high quality, health care for Virginians.”

Virginia Premier will offer four plans on the health insurance exchange for 2019, representing three tiers of coverage: one bronze, two silver, and one gold. The plans will serve the counties of Amelia, Caroline, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan and the city of Richmond. Bon Secours and VCU Health providers, hospitals and other facilities will constitute the network serving members of these plans. Virginia Premier has not previously offered individual plans.

“Bon Secours has worked diligently to find new partners and a creative solution to return to the individual exchange market for 2019,” said Toni R. Ardabell, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “Helping individuals find and fund quality health care is a shared commitment among Bon Secours, VCU Health and Virginia Premier. We couldn’t be happier to be their partners as we work together to improve the health of our community.”

The plans will be listed online at the healthcare.gov website, and consumers will be able to sign up for them during the annual enrollment period from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.

Virginia Premier is a wholly owned subsidiary of VCU Health System.

Q&A’s are available on the websites of Bon Secours Health System, VCU Health and Virginia Premier.

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About Virginia Premier

Virginia Premier’s mission is to inspire healthy living within the communities we serve with a focus on those in need. We do this through innovation strategic partnerships, industry-leading health care and the power of VCU Health. Formed in 1995 as a Medicaid HMO, Virginia Premier is the first and only university-based, nonprofit managed care organization in the commonwealth, now serving roughly 220,000 members statewide. In addition to its Medicare and Medicaid plans, Virginia Premier provides third-party administrative services and runs the Virginia Premier Medical Home in Roanoke. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of VCU Health System. For more information, visit VirginiaPremier.com.

About VCU and VCU Health

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 217 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Thirty-eight of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. The VCU Health brand represents the health sciences schools of VCU, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. For more, please visit www.vcu.edu and vcuhealth.org.

About Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Bon Secours Richmond is part of Bon Secours Virginia, which provides compassionate medical care to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the commonwealth. The fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Richmond is a Catholic health ministry that partners with the community to create a more humane world, build health and social justice and serve those who are vulnerable. Bon Secours Richmond provides nearly $130 million in community care through Medicare, Medicaid, charity care and other community benefits. As one of Richmond’s largest employers, the not-for-profit health system employs more than 9,000 people, including nearly 420 providers as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group. Bon Secours Richmond includes St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, Rappahannock General Hospital and Westchester Emergency Center. The Bon Secours Richmond Health Foundation raises charitable funds to help Bon Secours Virginia Health System address the community’s growing health care needs with compassion and excellence.