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Industry Takes Care Of AmCare HMO Members

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NU Online News Service, Nov. 14, 11:20 a.m. – Surviving Texas health insurers and health maintenance organizations have offered new coverage to all of the 64,000 Texans once covered by AmCare Health Plans of Texas, Houston, according to the Texas Department of Insurance.

AmCare, an HMO, stopped providing coverage Oct. 31. The HMO had covered 28,193 members through employer group health plans, 8,822 through a Medicare HMO plan and 27,689 through Medicaid.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Richardson, Texas, offered HMO coverage or preferred provider coverage to all AmCare employer groups, and it offered individual health insurance policies to commercial members no longer qualified for coverage through a group.

Texas HealthSpring, a new Medicare HMO, is serving the AmCare Medicare members, and Texas Children’s Health Plan has acquired AmCare’s Medicaid business.