Heath Alliance to continue to serve state, university employees

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Heath Alliance to continue to serve state, university employees

November 16, 2012 Updated Nov 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Illinois families who have Health Alliance health care coverage will be able to keep their current coverage.

State Representative Dan Brady announced on Friday that Health Alliance has been awarded a new long-term state contract.

Under that contract, Health Alliance will continue to serve state and university employees and teachers.

“This is great news for local families who rely on Health Alliance for their health care needs. It will ensure they will continue to have access to their doctors and local hospitals,” Rep. Brady said. “Last year’s fatally flawed procurement process left tens of thousands of downstate families without access to their trusted physicians– or in many cases, any HMO option at all, but working together we were able to force a re-bid of the contracts for downstate communities, and, as a result, Health Alliance has secured a new contract.”

The initial term of the contract is effective January 1, 2013, and runs through June 30, 2016 with five additional one-year renewals possible, providing a long term potential for an eight and a half year contract.

Rep. Brady added that under the rebidding process, Coventry was also awarded a new contract to serve downstate families.

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