Michigan Health Plans Rank High As Top Performers

Contact: James McCurtis, Jr. (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

December 10, 2007

In a recent U.S. News & World Report issue, 13 Michigan-based health plans were ranked as top performers. The U.S. News & World Report and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) collaborate annually to rank the nation's health plans. The rankings, unveiled in the Nov. 5, 2007 U.S. News & World Report issue, "Best Health Plans 2007 Search: Medicaid", placed all 13 Michigan health plans in the top 70 nationwide.

"We are pleased that Michigan health plans are recognized as some of the best in the country," said Janet Olszewski, director of the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH). "Our residents deserve quality health care services and this ranking demonstrates that Michigan's health plans are providing citizens with good benefits and choices."

In the rankings, hundreds of commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid health plans included detailed information about their performance in selected areas. The rankings were compiled from data collected and analyzed by the NCQA, the accrediting body for MDCH's Managed Care Plan Division.

MDCH is very pleased with the Michigan Medicaid representation in this report. The state of Michigan contracts with 13 Medicaid Health plans to provide care and service for more than 950,000 Medicaid beneficiaries. It is important to note that Michigan has six plans in the top 20 and 11 plans in the top 50. The following are Michigan plans that appeared in the rankings: M-Care (Name has changed to BlueCaid of Michigan), Health Plan of Michigan, Physicians Health Plan of Mid-Michigan, HealthPlus of Michigan, Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Priority Health, McLaren Health Plan, Total Health Care, OmniCare Health Plan, Midwest Health Plan, Molina Healthcare of Michigan, Great Lakes Health Plan, and Community Choice Michigan.