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New company to provide long term care in 11 counties


Northern Wisconsin (WQOW) - Jobs will be lost and patients may have questions as a company providing long term care to 2,200 will close its doors in northern Wisconsin.

The state has selected a new managed care organization for 11 counties, including Barron, Burnett, Polk, Rusk and Sawyer.  Community Care of Central Wisconsin, out of Stevens Point, was awarded the contract to take over for Northern Bridges, an MCO out of Hayward.  Community Care will begin providing service January 1st.

Northern Bridges has 145 employees.  The company says some will likely be hired by the new MCO, but others will be out of a job. 

Right now, there are eight managed care organizations in Wisconsin.  A representative from Northern Bridges says the state would like to have fewer in the future to create a more efficient system and save money.



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