2 Michigan health plans get approval to merge

Two Michigan health plans — Priority Health and Total Health Care — received approval from Michigan regulators to combine, the organizations said Nov. 21.

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services greenlighted the deal, sealing the last major hurdle the organizations faced.

After the deal closes, Priority Health and Total Health Care will operate independently and maintain their brands. Priority Health will continue to cover members across Michigan, while Total Health Care will focus on Detroit.

Under the merger, the organizations agreed to create a $25 million foundation to address health disparities in Detroit.

The health plans anticipate their merger will close Jan. 1.

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