Bicycle Health Announces Contracts With Medicaid & Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas, Expanding Access of its Leading OUD Treatment to 8 Million New Patients

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April 18, 2022

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Today, we’re thrilled to announce that Bicycle Health’s leading opioid-use disorder (OUD) treatment will now be covered by three Medicaid managed care organizations: Molina Healthcare and McLaren Health Plans in Michigan, and UHC Community Plan in Arizona. Additionally, our services will now be live with Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas, a significant payor in the region. In total, these launches will make Bicycle Health’s leading treatment program accessible to 8 million new patients, including many without the ability to pay for treatment out-of-pocket. 

This Medicaid expansion will make addiction treatment significantly more affordable and accessible to thousands of new patients via telehealth. Recent research in the well-respected medical journal, BMJ, found that Bicycle Health is successfully reaching previously unengaged and unreached populations. Additionally, Bicycle Health patients are sticking with their treatment plan - at 30-days, our retention rate is 86% for insured patients. The paper also found that our rate of “no show” is much lower than the industry average, with a 9.5% no show rate for Bicycle Health patients, compared to 23% industry average. 

All Bicycle Health services are provided via telehealth through our proprietary phone application. Each patient has a holistic care team, consisting of a medical provider, therapist and a recovery coach who works with them throughout the entire journey, and are supported by our regional teams of case managers and clinical support specialists. Specific services covered by Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield include: 

  • Medication management. A licensed medical provider will perform an assessment over video call, prescribe suboxone for OUD when appropriate, and provide careful instruction and attention for a safe and comfortable treatment start.  
  • Behavioral health. Patients with OUD commonly have co-occurring conditions such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and so on. Behavioral Health clinicians deliver individual and group psychotherapy, and providers offer medical care for behavioral conditions when appropriate. 
  • Support groups. Facilitated online support groups allow patients to share their journeys with others, support others, and reflect on ways to achieve emotional growth. 
  • Care coordination. Through continuous, on-demand availability via chat/phone/video calls, our clinical support specialists help patients navigate treatment, referrals and life changes as a partner, mentor, and support system. 

“From high costs to significant time commitments, many traditional OUD recovery programs just aren’t realistic options for the vast majority of patient experiences. Additionally, many folks in the U.S. don’t have access to Medication-Assisted-Treatment (MAT) – a highly effective OUD treatment that reduces withdrawal, cravings, and overdose risk,” said Ankit Gupta, CEO and Founder of Bicycle Health. “We are committed to making science-based, holistic OUD treatment accessible to all who need it – and working with these payors is an exciting step towards that goal.”

Bicycle Health is currently available to patients in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 

To learn more about our treatment program, visit https://www.bicyclehealth.com/how-it-works.

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