FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Virginia Premier Corporate Communications Department
Contact: Scott Lusk
Phone (202) 288-3233
RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 7, 2018) — Virginia Premier and Kaiser Permanente are collaborating to create a fully integrated health care experience for Virginia residents receiving care through Medicaid.
Under this collaboration, Kaiser Permanente’s health care services will continue to be available to its current Medicaid members in Virginia through Virginia Premier, the second largest Medicaid-managed care organization in Virginia. This collaboration will also provide residents who are newly eligible for Medicaid through Virginia’s Medicaid expansion to have access to one of the highest quality integrated health systems in the country.
Beginning Oct. 1, Virginia Premier and Kaiser Permanente will provide health care to Kaiser Permanente’s 15,000 members in Virginia assigned to Medallion 4.0 by the Department of Medical Assistance Services. These Kaiser Permanente members will become Virginia Premier members with Kaiser Permanente as their primary care provider. They will have access to physician care, online appointments and care, and medical centers designed with their needs in mind.
“We’re always open to innovative, strategic partnerships that enable us to increase access to affordable, quality health care for Virginians, and this is an excellent opportunity to do that,” said Linda Hines, CEO of Virginia Premier. “By working with Kaiser Permanente, we’ll be able to serve more members, with expanded choices. It allows us to make the greatest impact to the health of our members.”
“Through this collaboration with Virginia Premier, our current members and new members will have access to our award-winning physicians and combination of high-quality care and coverage,” said Kim Horn, president of Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. “We are excited to join Virginia Premier as we work to provide our outstanding care to more Virginians.”
Members will receive a new ID card. Kaiser Permanente members affected by this collaboration will be transferred to the new plan and their primary care physician will remain the same.
The collaboration will be effective in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park. (Note that these areas are not entirely co-extensive with the area the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services defines as “Northern Virginia.”) The effective date coincides with the regional rollout for Medallion 4.0 in Northern Virginia.
The 2019 Medicaid expansion in Virginia will also figure into the collaboration. Of the roughly 25,000 current Kaiser Permanente members in the area, those who become eligible for Medicaid Jan. 1 will be able to become Virginia Premier members and receive care from Kaiser Permanente.
With nearly 1,500 primary and specialty care physicians available to them, members of this plan will have access to one of the largest medical groups in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
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, non-profit 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 Neighborhood Health Center in Roanoke. In 2019, Virginia Premier will expand its coverage offerings to include individual plans on the exchange and Medicaid expansion. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of VCU Health System.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. Kaiser Permanente provides and coordinates complete health care services for more than 780,000 members through 30 medical centers open in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit kp.org or follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/KPMidAtlantic or Facebook, www.facebook.com/kpthrive.