Fast-Growing Health Insurer UCare Moves Into New Markets

In 2014, UCare expects to see enrollment expand beyond 400,000 lives, extending an unrivaled growth spurt that sets it apart from its peers among the Star Tribune’s 100 largest nonprofit companies, where it ranks No. 7 on the list. UCare has also entered the commercial market for the first time and is selling plans to individuals on the new MNsure insurance exchange.

UCare considers itself well-suited to the changing insurance world. It was formed 25 years ago by family doctors at the University of Minnesota to provide stable insurance coverage for their poorest patients. The company’s leaders say they were players in coordinating care efforts long before it became a center¬piece concept of health reform efforts.