Newsroom | 24 July 2015

Enrollment Opens for New Cigna-HealthSpring Medicare and Medicaid Plans for Dual Eligibles in Select Texas County

Katie Sulkowski, 615.772.3541
  • Cigna-HealthSpring CarePlan aims to provide better health care and achieve cost savings through enhanced care coordination
  • Service area includes Hidalgo County
  • The nursing facility carve-in is managed by STAR+PLUS health plans and is currently available
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS - July 23, 2015 - Cigna-HealthSpring, a Cigna company (NYSE:CI) and leading health service company serving Medicare and Medicaid customers, is now accepting enrollment in Texas to its STAR+PLUS Medicare-Medicaid Plan (MMP), better known as the Cigna-HealthSpring CarePlan.
"Our Cigna-HealthSpring CarePlan makes it easier for people with both Medicare and STAR+PLUS to receive medical and social services conveniently through one health plan." said Benjy Green, chief operating officer of Cigna-HealthSpring Medicaid. "By expanding our services to more customers in Texas, we can help individuals achieve better health outcomes, increased access to care and reduced costs through a streamlined approach to health care delivery."
Cigna-HealthSpring CarePlan is available in Hidalgo County. Eligible individuals in the selected service area received a letter from the State of Texas notifying them in January of their opportunity to select a Medicare-Medicaid Plan (MMP).
Customers who select Cigna-HealthSpring CarePlan would not lose any of their current Medicare or STAR+PLUS benefits, and would receive benefits including transportation, a 24-hour health information line, a monthly allowance for over-the-counter medications and personalized access to and care provided from a service coordinator.
Also available, nursing facility residents can receive full Medicaid coverage through a STAR+PLUS health plan. The nursing facility carve-in serves nursing facility residents who are 21 and older who are eligible for Medicaid and Texas STAR+PLUS.  Green said that Cigna-HealthSpring's partnership with STAR+PLUS on the management of the nursing facility carve-in is an example of their shared commitment to improve quality of care for STAR+PLUS customers.   
Nursing facility residents who select Cigna-HealthSpring as their health plan will not lose any of their STAR+PLUS benefits, but would receive additional benefits, including enhanced vision services, a home fitness kit, a $20 gift card to put toward an annual well visit and certain labs or immunizations, and personalized access to and care provided from a service coordinator.
Cigna-HealthSpring has participated in the Texas Medicaid STAR+PLUS program since the program expanded in 2011 and currently serves 45,000 STAR+PLUS customers in the Dallas and Fort Worth regions, the Rio Grande Valley and the Northeast Medicaid Rural Service Area.
The STAR+PLUS managed care program has yielded proven, positive results for beneficiaries. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) reports that STAR+PLUS beneficiaries enrolled in managed care have lower rates of inpatient stays and emergency room visits. Additionally, HHSC reports improved clinical outcomes and improved access to care when compared to Medicaid beneficiaries not enrolled in managed care.
About Cigna-HealthSpring
Cigna-HealthSpring, a Cigna company (NYSE:CI), is one of the country's leading health plans focused on delivering care to the senior population, predominately through Medicare Advantage and other Medicare and Medicaid products. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Cigna-HealthSpring offers a national stand-alone prescription drug plan and operates health plans in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit
All Cigna products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including HealthSpring Life & Health Insurance Company, Inc. The Cigna name, logos, and other Cigna marks are owned by Cigna Intellectual Property, Inc. Cigna-HealthSpring CarePlan is a health plan that contracts with both Medicare and Texas Medicaid to provide benefits of both programs to enrollees.