University of Missouri changes its health care provider

3 years 3 weeks 6 days ago Thursday, June 25 2015 Jun 25, 2015 Thursday, June 25, 2015 3:58:00 PM CDT June 25, 2015 in News
By: Blair Ussary, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri System has selected United Healthcare as its new partner for employee medical benefit plan administration.

The UM Board of Curators approved the change from the current medical benefit plan administrator, Coventry/Aetna, to United Healthcare Thursday. The change will not affect the covered benefits, deductibles, co-payments or co-insurance of current University employees because the university is self-insured. 

Following initial Request for Proposal (RFP) responses, the university invited qualified finalists to meetings, while visiting each of the operations' sites to determine which provider would be selected as the long-term partner.

"United Healthcare demonstrated strong commitment and capabilities throughout the entire procurement process, and as such, we believe their proposed offering aligns best with the long-term goals and strategies of the university as it relates to health care administration and management," said Betsy Rodriguez, vice president for Human Resources. "It is also significant that the changeover from our current provider to United Healthcare will occur with minimal physician/patient disruption."

After the new plan goes into effect on January 1, 2016, the United Healthcare plan will also offer a broader network than the current plan, as some of the claims that are currently out of the network with Coventry will be in-network with United Healthcare.

Retired medical benefits will continue to be administered by Coventry/Aetna.

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