Oct 16 2022 | Press Release | By

Essence Healthcare Expands into 4 Counties 

 Healthcare organizations collaborate to deliver high quality, affordable care to more St. Louis area Medicare beneficiaries

ST. LOUIS (Oct. 31, 2022) — Essence Healthcare (Essence), a Lumeris owned and operated health plan, announced its expansion into four new counties of Lincoln, Franklin, Crawford, and Warren for the 2023 plan year. This addition allows eligibility to an Essence plan to approximately 50,000 beneficiaries in this area.

“These four counties are all key as we work together to bring our affordable, high-quality care to Seniors in our greater St Louis-area community,” said Umar Farooq, President of Essence. “The timing for our expansion was ideal with the network additions we’ve been implementing over the last two years.”   

Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system. Essence’s plan is among a short list of plans nationwide awarded Medicare’s highest overall plan rating of 5 out of 5 stars for 2022. The plan was also once again awarded “Best Medicare Advantage plan” in Missouri for 2022 by U.S. News & World Report.     

During the 2022 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, Medicare beneficiaries can change their coverage for the coming year, including the opportunity to enroll in a $0 monthly premium plan from Essence Healthcare.   

“We’ve heard from beneficiaries and our broker community alike that there is a need for Essence in these counties” said Suzanne Grossman, VP of Marketing of Essence. “We are excited to have the ability to offer plans in this expanded area, and ultimately provide seniors with a better healthcare experience.”


Essence Healthcare provides over 70,000 people with Medicare comprehensive and affordable health insurance that focuses on wellness, care coordination and personal service. Essence’s Medicare Advantage plans offer complete hospital, medical and prescription drug coverage and include additional benefits not covered under the Original Medicare program. Powered by the nation’s leading population health services and technology of Lumeris, Essence is earning national recognition for its commitment to service and quality, including being awarded Medicare’s highest overall plan rating of 5 out of 5 Stars for 2022 and again in 2023 for its Missouri and Missouri-Illinois plans and was named “Best Medicare Advantage Plan Companies” for Missouri and Illinois for 2022 and 2023 by U.S. News and World Report. In 2023, Essence’s Medicare Advantage plans will be available in markets in California, Illinois, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. To learn more about Essence Healthcare, please visit www.essencehealthcare.com. 


With Lumeris as a partner, health systems across the country are fulfilling the promise of value-based care. A joint-operating partner in both value and risk, Lumeris delivers market leading technology, insurance capabilities and on-the-ground expertise to more than one million patients and 7,000 physicians nationwide. Lumeris is proud to offer 4.5-5-star health plans that consistently deliver better clinical and financial outcomes for Medicare, Medicaid, Commercial, and Individual populations. To learn more about Lumeris, please visit www.lumeris.com 


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