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UnitedHealthcare expanding managed Medicaid in Erie, Wyoming counties

UnitedHealthcare has expanded its managed Medicaid program to Erie and Wyoming counties.

The UnitedHealthcare Community Plan is now available in 43 counties in Western and Central New York, the Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island. It previously was offered in Chautauqua, Genesee and Niagara counties.

The plan offers services for adults and children who qualify for Medicaid and Child Health Plus. They can include preventive care, primary care, hospitalization and prescriptions at little or no cost, according to the insurer.

UnitedHealthcare’s expansion comes as other insurers have scaled back the managed Medicaid program.

Independent Health in November announced it would no longer offer managed Medicaid coverage in Niagara County. And Univera Healthcare last August announced it would turn over control and management of its Univera Community Health plan, which provided managed Medicaid and Child Health Plus programs in this region, to a Rochester-area partner that rebranded the company while continuing to provide the same coverage.

Univera Community Health is now YourCare Health Plan, run by Pittsford-based Monroe Plan for Medical Care.

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