Health Alliance hopeful for supplemental bid on Medicare Advantage contracts

Health Alliance hopeful for supplemental bid on Medicare Advantage contracts

Officials with Urbana-based Health Alliance said they're hopeful a supplemental bid will be issued to allow the company to become a provider for Illinois' Medicare Advantage program for state retirees.

Health Alliance was not selected when contracts were recently awarded for the program because the state said the insurance provider did not meet the bid specifications.

Health Alliance President and CEO Jeff Ingrum and General Counsel Lori Cowdrey Benso gave an update on the matter Friday on A Penny for Your Thoughts on WDWS.  Benso said lawmakers are expected to issue a request that there be a supplemental bid, which would allow Health Alliance to be a provider for the Medicare Advantage program.

Meanwhile, Ingrum said the decision to exclude Health Alliance is hard to understand.

Ingrum added that state retirees should contact their local lawmakers in an effort to put more pressure on the Governor's and Central Management Services' offices to reconsider the decision to exclude Health Alliance.

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