New individual market plan introduced in Nebraska and Iowa

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MINNETONKA, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Medica and CHI Health announced Wednesday a new health plan option for individuals and families in Nebraska and in southwestern Iowa.

The plan, Medica with CHI HealthSM, will be available November 1, 2017 when the Open Enrollment Period for 2018 begins.

A variety of benefit design options are available, including copay plans, health savings account compatible plans, and a catastrophic plan for those who qualify.

Enrollment in the plan is available on the Iowa and Nebraska Health Insurance Marketplace ( for coverage on or after January 1, 2018.

Medica with CHI Health is available to Nebraska residents who live in the following counties: Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Douglas, Fillmore, Hall, Johnson, Lancaster, Nance, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward, Thayer and Washington. The plan also is available to Iowa residents in Harrison and Pottawattamie Counties.

edica with CHI Health members receive care from providers in the UniNet Healthcare Network in partnership with CHI Health. Network providers can be found at after October 1, 2017 when the “window shopping” period of the 2018 Open Enrollment Period beings. Additionally, care for certain transplants, rare cancers and other complex medical conditions is available through the Mayo Clinic Centers of Excellence program. An allowance for transportation, lodging and living expenses for the patient and one travel companion is included.

Other key features of the plan include access to virtual care, quick care and urgent care. Virtual care allows members to have a virtual visit consultation with a provider to diagnose and treat a variety of medical issues through secure video on a computer or phone. Quick care features access to walk-in clinics inside Hy-Vee stores and other locations, while urgent care provides prompt, high-quality medical attention for non-life threatening illnesses and injuries. Medica with CHI Health also features the Healthy Living with Medica program, a personalized wellness program with reward and discounts earned for participation.

“Medica and CHI Health are committed to making care more efficient and accessible in Iowa and Nebraska,” said Geoff Bartsh, Medica vice president for individual and family business. Medica with CHI Health does that by providing a seamless care experience.”

“UniNet and CHI Health are excited about this new health plan option with Medica,” said Ann Oasan, President of UniNet. “This allows us to improve the quality of care in Nebraska and Iowa while controlling the costs of healthcare.”

Medica with CHI Health is one of two plan options available to individuals and families in Nebraska from Medica in 2018. “Our commitment to Nebraska continues to be demonstrated through our continued product portfolio diversification,” said Bartsh. “Medica Insure, our market entrance product in 2016, will continue to be offered in 93counties in Nebraska. Medica is committed to working collaboratively with care systems to provide a range of product offerings to meet the needs of the individual market in Nebraska and Iowa.”

Medica with CHI Health was created under the Affordable Care Act as it existed in the summer of 2017. If the Iowa Insurance Division’s Stopgap Measure is implemented, Medica’s products and service area in Iowa would change.