WellCare Health Plans, Inc. Acquires Meridian Health Plan, Inc.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc., the parent company of Harmony Health Plan of Illinois, Inc., has completed its acquisition of Meridian Health Plan, Inc.  As a result, all Harmony members will be moved to Meridian.  Below are copies of notification letters that will be sent to all Meridian and Harmony providers and members.

Here is a brief summary from the Harmony Meridian Joint Provider Letter:

What is changing?

  • Meridian and Harmony Medicaid plans are merging and will operate together as one plan in 2019:
    • Effective January 1, 2019, Harmony members will be transitioned to Meridian’s Medicaid plan (MeridianHealth);
    • Harmony’s MCO contract with HFS will conclude and the Harmony Medicaid plan will no longer operate after December 31, 2018.
  • We are in the process of notifying Harmony Medicaid members that they will become Meridian members and will begin receiving Meridian-branded materials on January 1, 2019.
  • The Harmony MCO contract with HFS will conclude at the end of 2018.


What is NOT changing?

  • WellCare and Meridian Medicare plans will continue to operate separately in 2018 and 2019:
    • The WellCare Medicare plan will not change and contracts remain in effect;
    • The Meridian Medicare plan will not change and contracts remain in effect;
    • The 2018 Medicare Advantage  benefits for members enrolled in each plan remain as published and approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS);
    • Medicare Advantage benefits for 2019 will be reflected in materials for the 2019 open enrollment period, October 15, 2018 – December 7, 2018 for a January 1, 2019 effective date.


If you have any questions about this merger, or any other issues related to Medicaid managed care or third-party billing, please feel free to contact the IPHA Billing Project staff at insurancebilling@ipha.com.  




Harmony Meridian Joint Provider Letter


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