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Officials at Bright Health said in a news release today it is partnering with Mercy Health and will begin offering 2019 Medicare Advantage plans in Ohio during this fall’s annual enrollment period. The partnership will give Bright Health access to Mercy Health’s provider network and offer a new health care option for Mercy’s patients. Mercy Health has 20 hospitals and more than 2,700 primary and specialty care providers at 500 locations across Ohio, including Springfield nad Urbana.

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“Bright Health is excited to have the opportunity to meet the healthcare needs of hardworking Ohioans,” said Bob Sheehy, Bright Health’s co-founder and chief executive officer in a news release. “Over the past decade, we have been witnessing an evolving healthcare delivery landscape, marked by consolidation of small, independent providers into large, comprehensive health systems. Mercy Health, with its proven track record of providing superior, personalized care more than 6.8 million times each year is the perfect partner for our Ohio market entry.”

Bright Health received conditional approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for its Ohio Medicare Advantage plans and beginning in 2019 intends to offer Medicare Advantage plans to Ohio residents in the Cincinnati, Springfield, Youngstown and Toledo areas via its website, www.BrightHealthplan.com, its call center, broker partners and the Medicare.gov website.

“We are excited by the partnership between Mercy Health and Bright Health for their Medicare Advantage plans in Ohio,” said Tom Golias, chief managed care officer of Mercy Health. “Collaborating with Bright Health, as their Care Partner of choice, gives our Medicare patients an excellent, high-value health insurance option that marries convenience and best-in-class care.”

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