AmCare Health Plans of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, was placed under court control by state regulators who said the plan is insolvent. Louisiana's acting insurance commissioner, J. Robert Wooley, said coverage of AmCare's approximately 15,500 members in the state would terminate Sept. 30. Wooley said UnitedHealthcare of Louisiana has agreed to offer coverage to AmCare's 9,102 commercial members as of Oct. 1, and alternative coverage is available for the remaining members. The department filed a petition yesterday in the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge outlining a rehabilitation plan. Scott Westbrook, vice president of AmCare's Louisiana operations, said the AmCare plan, which began operating in April 1999, was too small to compete. "We could not grow profitably," Westbrook said. "We took on a risk that we probably couldn't handle." The company's Oklahoma operations ceased Sept. 1, and its Texas subsidiary was placed under state supervision in August. -- by Mary Chris Jaklevic
Insolvent La. health plan put under court control
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