Blue Shield pulls out of Healthy Families in 15 Counties in California
Posted Sep 07 2010 8:55pm
This program is for affordable healthcare for children. Most of the counties affected here are in northern California or Mid-state. I wonder if is is part of the effect of our California budget cuts being able to pay? BD
Blue Shield of California recently announced it will no longer provide coverage for 15,000 Healthy Families patients in 15 counties. Effective October 1, the insurer is pulling its Healthy Families HMO product out of nine counties (Alameda, Marin, Placer, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo) and its EPO product out of six counties (Butte, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Luis Obispo and Stanislaus counties).
Patients were notified of these changes in July and were given the opportunity to select a new plan. If they did not select a plan by the August 31 deadline, they were automatically transferred to the default "community provider plan" (CPP) for their county. Patients will have until October 31 to switch to another plan if they are dissatisfied with the CPP. For a list of available plans by county, visit the Healthy Families website .