Cleveland Clinic may soon split ties with Ohio's largest Medicaid-managed care plan

Cleveland Clinic may soon split ties with Ohio's largest Medicaid-managed care plan

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Clinic and CareSource, Ohio's largest Medicaid-managed care plan, may soon split ties.

That would mean about 1.3 million Medicaid patients would no longer be able to go to the Clinic for treatment.

If the contract were to end, it would end Sept. 1.

If you are one of those patients, you are being urged to switch plans to one the Clinic does accept.

You could also go to University Hospitals or MetroHealth, because those hospitals will still accept CareSource plans.

Below is a statement from the Clinic regarding the matter:

"Cleveland Clinic is deeply committed to caring for Medicaid patients, as it's a vital part of our mission. Regrettably, we recently received notice from CareSource they may terminate our relationship. It's important to note, Cleveland Clinic is still under contract through August 31, 2017 and in active discussions with CareSource at this time. CareSource members can still come here for care as they do today. While we hope this does get resolved, in the event this relationship ends, patients may select another Medicaid plan to access Cleveland Clinic which can be done through the Ohio Medicaid Consumer Hotline. In addition, we will work with CareSource to provide continuity of care for patients, and as always Cleveland Clinic's emergency departments are available regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay. We are pleased to work with the majority of managed Medicaid plans in the region to ensure patients have options and access to Cleveland Clinic."

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