Press Release

MaineGeneral contracts with Maine Community Health Options

LEWISTON, Maine — Maine Community Health Options (MCHO) and Kennebec Region Health Alliance, MaineGeneral’s physician hospital organization, recently announced their partnership to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care.

MCHO is a nonprofit, CO-OP health plan that will provide health insurance to Maine people and small businesses beginning in January 2014. Plan enrollment is slated for Oct. 1, 2013. This is one of many managed care agreements MCHO is developing as it assembles a comprehensive statewide, proprietary network of preferred providers.

“This partnership represents a milestone and reflects the style in which MCHO has approached its network development: a collaborative partnership model that is itself a launching pad for further innovation and payment reform development that supports delivery system transformation,” noted Kevin Lewis, CEO of MCHO, in a press release. “We are very pleased to contract with MaineGeneral as an important part of our network.”

MaineGeneral provides valued clinical outcomes and vital community relationships that match the nonprofit mission and purpose of MCHO. This partnership will assist the organization in reducing healthcare costs by improving access to care, with a focus on best practice and care integration, and by supporting community resources to promote the health and wellbeing of its members

“We’re very pleased to work with MCHO in this effort aimed at providing a needed option for Maine individuals and companies to buy quality health insurance coverage at reasonable rates,” said Barbara Crowley, MD, executive vice president at MaineGeneral Medical Center and its parent, MaineGeneral Health, in a press release.

“With all the changes that are shaping health care today, it is more important than ever that we work together to make health care affordable to all Mainers,” Crowley added.

The state’s third largest health care system, MaineGeneral is part of an integrated non-profit organization with a range of services. Inpatient hospital services will be consolidated in a new 192-bed, state-of-the-art hospital which will open this fall. Other services include a cancer treatment center which opened in 2007; primary care and specialty physician practices; long term care facilities; rehabilitation; home health care and hospice services; special care for patients with memory loss; community outreach programs; and retirement living options.

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Maine Community Health Options is a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) created through a program of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). MCHO is a private, nonprofit entity governed by a customer-based board of directors, which gives enrollees a strong voice in the management and development of the plan. For more information on MCHO please visit