Priority Health partnering with FeelSafe Wireless to connect Medicaid members with free cell phones

(Detroit, Mich. – May 5, 2021) Priority Health announced today that it is partnering with FeelSafe Wireless, a Michigan-based wireless company offering the Federal Government Benefit cell phone program Lifeline, to connect current Medicaid members and Total Health Care Medicaid members with free cell phones and free monthly service. This initiative was created with the hope that Medicaid members with underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, can easily connect with their health care providers.

FeelSafe Wireless offers free, name-brand smartphones and free monthly service, which currently consists of 1,000 free minutes, 500 texts, and 4.5 gigabytes of data every month. FeelSafe Wireless will also be participating in the Federal Communication Commission's Emergency Benefit Broadband Program which launched this month.

The EBB program is temporary and is designed to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the program begins, FeelSafe Wireless will be offering unlimited talk, text and 15 gigabytes of additional data monthly. Lifeline benefits are available to consumers who use government assistance programs such as Medicaid or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

"Detroit is considered one of the least connected major cities in the United States and the lack of access to telecommunications is identified a 'super determinant' of health resulting in poor health outcomes," said Shannon Wilson, Vice President of State Markets, East at Priority Health. "This partnership will help us connect with our Medicaid members to ensure they are staying up with their health care and they can easily reach out to their health care providers."

Medicaid members who are interested in learning more or enrolling can do so by signing up online or in-person at possible health plan sponsored events, pending COVID-19 restrictions.

About Priority Health:

With over 30 years in business, Priority Health is the second largest health plan in Michigan, offering a broad portfolio of health benefits options for employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Serving more than a million members each year and offering a broad network of primary care physicians in Michigan, Priority Health continues to be recognized as a leader for quality, customer service, transparency and product innovation.