Tufts Health Plan said last week it had received a statewide license in Maine, continuing a push to become a managed-care player throughout New England.
The Waltham, Mass.-based HMO had been licensed to serve portions of two counties in the Portland area.
The company said it has added 120,000 enrollees in the past year in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, along with 3,000 physicians and 25 hospitals. That brings its total enrollment to 550,000.
In July, a year-old effort to push into New Hampshire got a boost when Tufts reached agreement to make the 1,000 physicians of Lahey Hitchcock Clinic accessible to its enrollees (July 22, p. 4).
A newly imposed state ban on exclusive contracts between HMOs and providers ended a long-standing arrangement between Lahey Hitchcock and Tufts competitor Matthew Thornton Health Plan.