Medica Q&A

SSM Health has formed a new strategic partnership with Medica – an independent, non-profit health plan headquartered in Minnetonka, Minn. Medica and SSM Health are two well-known Midwest health organizations who share a vision of bringing innovative high-quality health care solutions to both providers and members. 

Under this arrangement, the two companies will maintain their respective health plan brands and products. For SSM Health, this includes WellFirst Health Plan. 

As our partnership with Medica evolves, information on this page will be updated to reflect current information as it becomes available. Check back for updates, including communications and future education opportunities.

At this time, there are no plans to change organization names.
We do not foresee changes in business locations, and plan to maintain a local health care presence in our provider network service areas.
Medica is a non-profit health plan headquartered in Minnesota. The company serves midwestern communities by providing health care coverage and related services in the employer, individual, Medicaid and Medicare markets. It operates in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
No. United Health Care does not own Medica. There is a Medica Healthcare that offers Medicare Advantage plans in Florida and is part of United Health Care, but that entity is a completely separate entity from Medica and is not part of this strategic relationship. 
The health plan’s partnership with Medica does not stipulate changes to existing contracts at this time. We encourage providers to reach out to Medica through their usual channels with any questions about their Medica contracts.
No. There are no changes to current operational or medical management processes such as prior authorization requirements, claim submission, or medical policies as a result of this change.
The Health Plan will send an email to those providers who have opted in for electronic communications when updates are published on this web page. The “Opt In” option is available in the Provider Portal during the registration process and also can be selected after registration through Account Settings.