HELENA, Mont.-Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services has awarded a five-year, $400 million managed behavioral healthcare contract to Montana Community Partners, an alliance between for-profit, privately held third-party administrator CMG Health, Owings Mills Md., and the Care Coalition, a group of 15 not-for-profit human services organizations. Beginning April 1, 1997, Montana Community Partners will be responsible for coordinating and administering all Montana's Medicaid-funded behavioral health services through the state's Mental Health Access Plan. Montana Community Partners beat out three other competitors for the contract.
SEATTLE-The Employers' Health Purchasing Co-op will expand its service area from the Puget Sound area to all of Washington state on Jan. 1. It also will offer domestic partner benefits to member companies with 25 or more employees. The cooperative consists of 231 participating companies with 7,600 covered employees, including such firms as Weyerhaeuser Corp., PacifiCare of Washington and the Seattle Times. Coverage is purchased from Options Prime, Health First Partners and United Physicians' Health Plan. The service area expansion is expected to double enrollment within three years, according to Anita Boser, the cooperative's executive director.