Press Release

For Immediate Release
Nov 6, 2013
Contact : Terry Manna, Vice President, Managed Care  

Termination of United Healthcare Medicare Advantage products


Neptune, NJ - Please be advised that effective January 15, 2014, Meridian Health and its hospitals will no longer be participating providers in United Healthcare Medicare Advantage Plans, known as SecureHorizon and Evercare/Erickson Medicare Advantage. This does not affect any of United Healthcare’s commercial products.

Meridian Health hospitals include:

  • Bayshore Community Hospital
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center
  • K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital
  • Ocean Medical Center
  • Riverview Medical Center
  • Southern Ocean Medical Center

Please note that Meridian Health still participates with the following Medicare Advantage Plans:

  • Aetna
  • AmeriHealth
  • Geisinger Gold
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield

After the termination effective date of January 15, 2014, United Healthcare’s SecureHorizon and Evercare/Erickson members may continue to use Meridian facilities under the required 120 day wind down period, a period of time following the termination of a contract when members can still access the hospitals on an in-network basis, through May 15, 2014.

United Healthcare SecureHorizon and Evercare/Erickson patients with out-of-network benefits may opt to receive care at non-participating hospitals.  However, use of Meridian facilities may trigger additional patient financial responsibility.

It is also important to note that United Healthcare SecureHorizon and Evercare/Erickson members who do not have out-of-network benefits will always have access to emergency treatment at a Meridian hospital.

If you are a United Healthcare SecureHorizon or Evercare/Erickson member and have questions, please call the United Healthcare Member Services telephone number listed on your member ID card.

Members should always consult United Healthcare directly with any questions.