Priority Health Partners With Local Health Systems to Create Affordable Plan Options for Metro Detroit Residents


Grand Rapids-based Priority Health today introduced two new narrow networks in southeastern Michigan, where St. John Providence and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System will serve as strategic partners, offering high quality care with costs up to 20 percent lower.

Narrow network plans offer members lower premium rates for their use of the provider network. Priority Health introduced its first narrow network to the individual market in 2016 with the launch of the Spectrum Health Partners network in Kent County.

St. John Providence will serve Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties and provide full access to the St. John Providence network and physicians, as well as Ascension Crittenton Hospital. St. Joseph Mercy Health Network will provide comprehensive access to Saint Joseph Mercy Health System physicians and affiliated partners.

This year, Priority Health added Bronson Healthcare Partners network to the individual product offerings, with plans sold in Kalamazoo, Van Buren, and Calhoun counties. Both narrow network plan options at St. John Providence Health Network and St. Joseph Mercy Health System will be offered on the MyPriority Silver and MyPriority HAS Bronze plan types.

“Our narrow network plans are becoming increasingly popular because they offer an innovative solution to addressing cost concerns without sacrificing access to quality care,” says Joan Budden, president and CEO of Priority Health. “We’re thrilled to partner with some of the best health systems in the state and to expand our narrow network offerings to the southeast Michigan individual market population.”

For the 2017 plan year, 68 percent of Kent County residents who enrolled in a Priority Health individual plan chose Spectrum Health Partners, an increase of 14 percent from 2016. Additionally, 65 percent of Priority Health’s individual members in the Kalamazoo area chose Bronson Health Partners.

Members who enroll in the plans will get the benefit of coordinated care within one health system, along with services like complimentary health coaching and virtual visits, care management for those at-risk for chronic conditions, and access to tools like the Priority Health Cost Estimator. More information can be found here.

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