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New Individual Market Plan, Elevate by Medica, Introduced in Nebraska, Iowa

Network Spans Four Counties

October 10, 2018

MINNETONKA, Minn. — Medica, in partnership with Methodist Health System and Nebraska Medicine today announced a new health plan option for individuals and families in the greater Omaha/Council Bluffs area. The plan, Elevate by MedicaSM will be available November 1, 2018 when the Open Enrollment Period for 2019 begins. A variety of benefit design options are available, including copay plans, health savings account compatible plans, and a catastrophic plan for those who qualify. Enrollment in the plan is available on the Nebraska and Iowa Health Insurance Marketplaces (, through a health insurance agent or directly from Medica (Nebraska residents only) for coverage on or after January 1, 2019.

Elevate by MedicaSM is available to Nebraska residents who live in Douglas County or Sarpy County. It also is available to Iowa residents who live in Mills or Pottawattamie County.

Elevate by MedicaSM members receive care from Methodist Health System and Nebraska Medicine providers The network includes more than 1,900 primary and specialty care doctors and six hospitals. Network providers can be found at after October 1, 2018 when the "window shopping" period of the 2018 Open Enrollment Period beings.

Other key features of the plan include access to convenience care, a 24/7 nurse line, fitness deals and programs and Health Advocate. A Health Advocate helps members address health care concerns and can do the legwork to help identify appropriate providers and find answers to questions about claims, costs, procedures and other health matters.

"Medica, Methodist Health System and Nebraska Medicine are committed to creating another great seamless care option for people in the greater Omaha/Council Bluffs area," said Geoff Bartsh, Medica vice president for individual and family business. "Elevate by Medica does that."

Methodist Health System Chief Network Development Officer Matt Edwards said: "Methodist Health System is committed to making high quality healthcare affordable to the communities we serve. By collaborating with Medica and Nebraska Medicine on the Elevate by Medica product we can help ensure consumers have that option in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area."

Nebraska Medicine Executive Director of Payer Relations Geri Schmid said: "Through this new collaboration with Medica and Methodist Health System, Nebraska Medicine is helping to provide another high quality option for healthcare consumers in the area. Elevate by Medica will be another affordable choice that we are proud to support."

Elevate by Medica is an additional offering in 2019 to the several Medica plan options already available to individuals and families in Nebraska and Iowa. "Our commitment to Nebraska and Iowa is demonstrated through our continued and expanded diverse product portfolio," Bartsh said. Plan offerings can be viewed at

About Medica

Medica is a non-profit health plan headquartered in Minneapolis. The company serves communities in the heart of America by providing health care coverage and related services in the employer, individual, Medicaid and Medicare markets. It operates in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Medica also offers national network coverage to employers who have employees outside the Medica regional network.

Medica's vision is to be trusted in the community for our unwavering commitment to high quality, affordable health care. Medica's annual report, which includes the organization's community involvement activities, is available online.

About Methodist Health System

A leading regional integrated health care delivery system, Methodist Health System provides quality health care and preventive services to residents throughout the Midwest. Founded in 1982 as the first health care system formed in the region, the Methodist Health System mission is simple: Improving the health of our communities by the way we care, educate and innovate. With four hospitals, more than 30 clinic locations, skilled nursing facility, home health, a nursing and allied health college, medical supply distributorship and central laundry, Methodist Health System brings the full resources of our regional network of health care providers, educators and support services to Nebraska and Western Iowa. Methodist has a tradition of providing quality health care to the region in cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, women's health, cancer care, gastroenterology, orthopedics, and comprehensive diagnostic services.

About Nebraska Medicine

Nebraska Medicine is the most esteemed academic health system in the region, consisting of 809 licensed beds at its two hospitals, more than 1,000 physicians and 40 specialty and primary care clinics in Omaha and surrounding areas.

Nebraska Medicine and its research and education partner, the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), share the same mission: to lead the world in transforming lives to create a healthy future for all individuals and communities through premier educational programs, innovative research and extraordinary patient care.

Nebraska Medicine traces its roots back to 1869 with the founding of Omaha’s first hospital. In the decades since, it has built an international reputation for breakthroughs in cancer care, organ transplantation and treatment of infectious diseases.

In 2017, Nebraska Medicine earned the Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD Quality Leadership Award from Vizient, Inc. which recognizes us in the top 10 quality academic health systems in the United States. For five straight years, Nebraska Medicine has also been named to Becker's Hospital Review's list of 100 Great Hospitals in America.








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