LANSING, Mich. — Lansing-based Physicians Health Plan (PHP) announced today that it will offer a Medicare Advantage plan across 12 counties. PHP, part of Sparrow Health System, will offer the new plan in partnership with Saginaw-based Covenant HealthCare, providing seniors local access to affordable wellness services, and confidence that they will remain with their physicians and other community care providers they have come to know and trust.
Sparrow Advantage will be available in Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Montcalm, and Shiawassee counties. Covenant Advantage, partnered with Covenant HealthCare, will be available in Saginaw, Bay, and Tuscola counties. In Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties, seniors will have access to care through PHP Advantage.
Eligible enrollees can begin to sign up for the new plan during the Medicare annual enrollment period starting Oct. 15, 2019. Coverage for beneficiaries will begin Jan. 1, 2020.
“For nearly 40 years, PHP has served as a locally managed, community-based health plan delivering best-in-class customer service,” said Dennis Reese, President and Chief Executive Officer of PHP. “We are excited to extend our personal care and service through a new Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare eligible seniors will be able to access a broad network of Physicians and Providers and enjoy a comprehensive approach to their healthcare from trusted health systems such as Sparrow and Covenant. “
“Covenant’s mission is to provide extraordinary care for every generation, and our new Medicare Advantage plan will represent an extraordinary benefit to our local seniors,” Ed Bruff,
Covenant HealthCare President and CEO. “We look forward to partnering with Sparrow and PHP on this exciting new venture.”
“PHP’s new Medicare Advantage plan represents an important new way in which Sparrow continues to improve the health and wellness of our community,” said James Dover, President and CEO of Sparrow Health System. “PHP customers appreciate the unparalleled service, flexible coverage, and broad access they have to Sparrow’s nationally recognized physicians. PHP’s continued growth is an asset to our community and our patients.”
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