Alignment Healthcare to extend its Medicare Advantage prescription drug plans to Alameda, Fresno and Madera counties in 2023, pending regulatory approval

ORANGE, Calif., July 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To provide more choices, greater benefits and better access to care, Alignment Healthcare (NASDAQ: ALHC) plans to extend its tech-enabled Medicare Advantage plans to three more counties in California — Alameda, Fresno and Madera — pending regulatory approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). If approved, Alignment Health Plan benefit packages would be available in a total of 21 California counties, reaching more than 5.4 million residents, or 82% of the state’s Medicare-eligible population, beginning Jan. 1, 2023.1

The company currently offers a wide range of low- to no-cost monthly premium HMO, PPO, chronic condition and dual-eligible special needs plans, all designed to cater to the diverse needs of seniors and other eligible Medicare beneficiaries across the Golden State. Its planned expansion includes Alameda County, the seventh most populous county in California and one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the Bay Area, and the agricultural hubs of Fresno and Madera counties, which comprise the third-largest metropolitan area in Northern California, behind the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Sacramento.

“We are growing to bolster much-needed health care and wraparound support for seniors across our home state of California, where the largest number of Medicare-eligible adults in the country live,” said Dawn Maroney, markets president, Alignment Healthcare, and CEO of Alignment Health Plan. “Alignment’s Medicare Advantage prescription drug plans stand out for their senior-first, data-driven design, and we are excited at the prospect of extending benefits like 24/7 access to a doctor and VIP concierge services into Alameda in the Bay Area and Fresno and Madera in the heart of California’s Central Valley."

If approved by CMS, Medicare-eligible residents of Alameda, Fresno and Madera counties would have access to Alignment Health Plan HMO and chronic condition special needs plans, which are tailored for individuals who have a qualifying condition such as diabetes or heart disease. In addition, they would also have access to popular Alignment Health Plan benefits such as non-emergency transportation, virtual exercise classes and grocery benefits, as well as 24/7 ACCESS On-Demand Concierge service. 

Alignment Health Plan is consistently ranked for exceptional quality by individual members and CMS, earning a Net Promoter Score of 64 in 2021 — nearly double the average NPS in the category based on data collected and made publicly available by Customer Guru. It was recognized with the 2022 Senior Choice Gold Award for excellence in 2022 Medicare plan benefits value and performance in Stanislaus, San Francisco, San Joaquin and Santa Clara counties in California.

Along with its anticipated growth in California, the company also announced its planned expansion into 11 additional counties across Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina, Florida and Texas in 2023, subject to approval by CMS.

While Medicare beneficiaries may qualify for special enrollment periods throughout the year, Medicare’s annual enrollment period for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2023, starts Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. For more information, visit www.alignmenthealthcare.com.

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1 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicare Advantage/Part D Contract and Enrollment Data, June 2022 MA State/County Penetration, https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/MCRAdvPartDEnrolData/MA-State-County-Penetration


About Alignment Healthcare
Alignment Healthcare is a consumer-centric platform delivering customized health care in the United States to seniors and those who need it most, the chronically ill and frail, through its Medicare Advantage plans. The company provides partners and patients with customized care and service where they need it and when they need it, including clinical coordination, risk management and technology facilitation. Alignment Healthcare offers health plan options through Alignment Health Plan, and also partners with select health plans to help deliver better benefits at lower costs.

Forward Looking Statements
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