Bright Health Group to Explore Strategic Alternatives for Medicare Advantage Business as it Focuses on Driving Performance through its Consumer Care Delivery Business
MINNEAPOLIS – Bright Health Group, Inc. (“Bright Health” or the “Company”) (NYSE: BHG), today announced that it is exploring strategic alternatives for its California Medicare Advantage business, which consists of Brand New Day and Central Health Plan, with a focus on a potential sale. The proceeds would substantially bolster the Company’s financial position and establish a strong foundation for long-term sustainable growth. As it takes this action, the Company will continue to focus on capturing the shift to value-based, consumer-driven healthcare through its Consumer Care Delivery business, while working to wind-down and exit its ACA insurance business. Bright Health is also announcing that it has extended a waiver and amendment to its credit facility through June 30.
Mike Mikan, President and CEO of Bright Health, said, “Since our founding, Bright Health has worked to make healthcare simpler, more personal and affordable for consumers. As our markets evolve, we are taking steps to adapt and ensure our businesses are best positioned for long-term success. In line with this, we see tremendous future growth opportunities in our Consumer Care Delivery business, which has performed well in the First Quarter, exceeding growth expectations and now serving approximately 375,000 value-based consumers. We look forward to continuing to drive differentiated results in this business as we focus on delivering better outcomes through value-driven healthcare.”
Manny Kadre, lead independent director of Bright Health’s Board of Directors, said, “We have received inbound interest in Bright Health’s California Medicare Advantage business, and given this, the Board has decided to review strategic alternatives alongside other financial options. Bright Health’s California Medicare Advantage business is strong and uniquely positioned to deliver culturally competent, localized care to nearly 125,000 aging and underserved consumers in California. Throughout this process, we are committed to enhancing value for all stakeholders and remaining true to Bright Health’s mission of making healthcare right, together.”
There can be no assurances as to the timing, terms or structure of any potential transaction or that a transaction will be consummated at all, and any decision with respect to a potential transaction remains subject to approval by the Bright Health Board of Directors. Bright Health does not intend to comment on the process or disclose further developments until the Board approves a specific transaction or otherwise concludes its review of strategic alternatives.
Moelis & Company LLC is serving as Bright Health’s financial advisor and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is serving as Bright Health’s legal advisor in connection with this process.
About Bright Health Group
Bright Health Group is a technology enabled, value-driven healthcare company that organizes and operates networks of affiliate care providers to be successful at managing population risk. We focus on serving aging and underserved consumers that have unmet clinical needs through our Fully Aligned Care Model in Florida, Texas and California, some of the largest markets in healthcare where 26% of the U.S. aging population call home. We believe everyone should have access to personal, affordable, and high-quality healthcare. Our mission is to Make healthcare right. Together. For more information, visit www.brighthealthgroup.com.
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