Excellus dropping out of Medicaid managed care

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield says it's dropping out of public health insurance programs for the poor and disabled.

The insurer has notified doctors and other providers it's withdrawing from the Medicaid managed care and Family Health Plus programs because it expects to lose about $100 million on those programs this year. The move will affect more than 22,000 central New Yorkers.

George Dooher, an assistant commissioner of the Onondaga County Department of Social Services, tells the Syracuse Post-Standard he's been scrambling to protect customers and make sure they continue to have access to health care and their providers.

Dooher says the state Health Department is developing a plan to move affected individuals into other plans.

Health Department officials were not immediately available for comment.