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FOR RELEASE: October 7, 2002
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
405/271-5601

AmCare Wind Down in Process
Members and Providers Should File Claims by Nov. 1

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced today that AmCare Health Plan of Oklahoma Inc. has agreed to a modified consent order that appoints an independent manager to direct funds disbursement and wind down of its business operations in Oklahoma.

The independent manager, Bostick/Crawford Consulting Group, encourages AmCare’s members, former members, and providers to contact AmCare Customer Service at 1-800-772-2993 to check on the status of the settlement of their claims.

Members, former members, and providers should file claims with AmCare no later than Nov. 1, 2002. The manager advises that anyone who has previously submitted a claim should not send it again so that additional administrative costs are not incurred in handling duplicate claims.

Bostick/Crawford will direct the wind down of AmCare under the regulatory oversight of the Oklahoma State Department of Health to complete the following projected timeline over the next 180 days:

  • Oct. 3, 2002: Provide instruction to providers and other claimants for submission of claims.
  • Nov. 1, 2002: Deadline for submission of claims to AmCare.
  • Dec. 15, 2002: Determine amount available for distribution.
  • Nov. - Dec. 2002: Adjudication of all submitted claims.
  • Jan. 1, 2003: Mail settlement offers to all claimants.
  • January 2003: Evaluate appeals to settlement offers.
  • February 2003: Mail settlement checks.
  • March 2003: Establish escheat procedure for unclaimed property.

On Aug. 20, 2002, State Health Commissioner Dr. Leslie Beitsch denied AmCare’s license application to operate a health maintenance organization in the state. The license denial is effective Oct. 1. Following this action, AmCare signed a consent order agreeing to continue only limited operations in Oklahoma for the purpose of winding down its business operations. Amcare will remain subject to Oklahoma State Department of Health jurisdiction throughout the wind down period.

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