On August 11, 2017 the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS) awarded six contracts for the state’s Medicaid managed care program. The procurement consolidated the number of Medicaid managed care plans operating in the state from twelve to six and consolidated the state’s three managed care programs into one program. The contracts were awarded to six incumbent health plans: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Harmony Health Plan (WellCare), IlliniCare Health Plan (Centene), Meridian Health, Molina Healthcare of IL, and CountyCare Health Plan. The contracts will go into effect on January 1, 2018 and be in . . .