Priority Health and McLaren Health Care Agree to Expand Healthcare Access


Grand Rapids-based Priority Health today announced an agreement with McLaren Health Care allowing Priority Health customers with HMO, PPO, POS, and Medicare Advantage coverage to seek health care services with McLaren’s hospitals and physician hospital organizations throughout Michigan. The new agreement adds the McLaren hospitals located in Lansing, Bay City, Lapeer, and Flint, as well as nearly 1,000 physicians to the Priority Health Network.

“We’re committed to offering greater options for individuals and employer groups seeking access to high quality health care and our expanded agreement with McLaren delivers on that commitment,” says Joan Budden, president and CEO of Priority Health. “Our partnership and continued growth with McLaren Health Care has been of tremendous value as we continue to expand the Priority Health provider network statewide.”

The agreement expands on an existing relationship between the two health systems, dating back to 2007. Both companies updated the agreement in October 2014, establishing McLaren’s then-new Northern Michigan, Central Michigan, Karmanos, Oakland, and Macomb facilities as part of the Priority Health provider network.

A complete list of hospitals can be found here, using the Priority Health Find a Doctor tool.

IN RELATED NEWS, McLaren Health Plan announced that it has signed an agreement with Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids that will bring new HMO, POS, and Medicare options to the marketplace in west Michigan. The arrangement adds Spectrum’s 12 hospitals and 1,400 providers to McLaren Health Plan’s network of over 44,000 providers.

“This expanded partnership with Spectrum Health allows McLaren Health Plan to better serve its local markets and provides more options for individuals and employer groups in west Michigan,” says Kathy Kendall, president and CEO of McLaren Health Plan.  “We are pleased that our members will have access to Spectrum Health’s leading health care providers and specialty services.”

With the new arrangement, McLaren Health Plan will expand its presence and make available new commercial and Medicare options to the west side of the state by adding Kent, Ottawa, Barry, Mason, Newaygo, and Mecosta counties to its current 39-county service area.

McLaren Health Plan and Spectrum Health have an existing agreement for Medicaid and Healthy Michigan members. “We look forward to expanding our relationship with McLaren Health Plan and providing their members in our communities with access to Spectrum Health providers and services,” says Tina Freese-Decker, president of Spectrum Health Hospital Group.

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