Total Health Care and Priority Health announce completion of merger
(Detroit – January 6, 2020): Priority Health, Michigan's second-largest health insurance plan, announced today that the company's merger with Total Health Care is now complete. Originally announced in summer 2019, the new partnership between two of Michigan's most-recognized health insurance brands will allow the companies to work together to provide improved care and access for current and future members of both plans.
"I can think of no better way to start the new decade than by officially welcoming Total Health Care to the Priority Health family," said Joan Budden, president and CEO of Priority Health. "This partnership was a natural coming together for two organizations that share a strong commitment for providing members with high quality care and bettering the communities we serve. We are excited to have achieved this historic milestone and look forward to working with the Total Health Care team in the new year."
With the merger now finalized, both companies will continue to operate independently and maintain separate brands. Priority Health will continue to serve members statewide, and Total Health Care will concentrate its efforts on the city of Detroit and surrounding communities. While the companies have no plans to consolidate operations, company officials anticipate that this merger of two of Michigan's longest-serving Medicaid plans will allow for the sharing of best practices from the state's top Medicaid markets, strengthening both companies as they continue to serve Michigan's Medicaid population.
"The overwhelmingly positive response to this news from the business community, legislators and, most importantly, our members has been remarkable," said Randy Narowitz, CEO of Total Health Care. "We are grateful for all the support and excited to move forward together with Priority Health as we continue to support vulnerable populations throughout southeast Michigan."
Priority Health and Total Health Care also announced plans to begin the process of establishing the $25 million foundation to improve health in Detroit area communities that was announced as an element of the merger. This foundation, a reflection of the companies' shared commitment to Detroit, will support and invest in health care initiatives that will increase access, improve outcomes and have a meaningful impact on the lives of people in the city. Priority Health and Total Health Care will both contribute representatives to the board of the foundation, which will also seek input from the local business community, residents and city leaders.