Health Net Community Solutions is Newest Medi-Cal Plan in San Joaquin County

Health Net Community Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE: HNT), is the new commercial Medi-Cal plan in San Joaquin County, California.

“Health Net Community Solutions is a statewide leader in providing access to quality, affordable medical care through the Medi-Cal program in both Northern and Southern California,” said David Friedman, vice president of State Health Programs for Health Net of California, Inc., an affiliate of Health Net Community Solutions, “and we’re excited to bring our expertise to San Joaquin County.”

San Joaquin County Medi-Cal benefits provided or administered through Health Net became effective on January 1, 2013, when the California Department of Health Care Services transitioned beneficiaries from the county’s former commercial plan to Health Net Community Solutions.

With the addition of San Joaquin County, Health Net Community Solutions and Health Net of California together provide or administer Medi-Cal benefits to nearly 1 million beneficiaries in 13 California counties.

Medi-Cal, which is the name of California’s Medicaid program, provides low-cost access to doctor and hospital care for individuals and families that qualify financially.

Through Health Net Community Solutions’ Medi-Cal plan, San Joaquin County residents have access to physicians, specialists, hospitals, emergency rooms, pharmacies and a 24-hour nurse advice telephone line.

For more information about enrolling in Health Net Community Solutions’ Medi-Cal plan in San Joaquin County, individuals may call Health Net’s Enrollment Services Department at 800-327-0502. For customer service, existing Health Net Community Solutions beneficiaries may call 800-675-6110.

Distinctions

  • Health Net’s Medi-Cal plan – as well as its commercial HMO, POS, PPO and Healthy Families Program lines of business – have been awarded the Multicultural Health Care distinction by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The distinction recognizes organizations that lead the market in providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services and working to reduce health care disparities.
  • Together, Health Net’s Healthy Families Program and Medi-Cal programs serve more than 1 million individuals.

About Health Net

Health Net, Inc. is a publicly traded managed care organization that delivers managed health care services through health plans and government-sponsored managed care plans. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. Health Net, through its subsidiaries, provides and administers health benefits to approximately 5.4 million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly referred to as “Part D”), Medicaid, U.S. Department of Defense, including TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs programs. Health Net’s behavioral health services subsidiary, Managed Health Network, Inc., provides behavioral health, substance abuse and employee assistance programs to approximately 4.9 million individuals, including Health Net’s own health plan members. Health Net’s subsidiaries also offer managed health care products related to prescription drugs, and offer managed health care product coordination for multi-region employers and administrative services for medical groups and self-funded benefits programs.

For more information on Health Net, Inc., please visit Health Net’s website at www.healthnet.com.

Cautionary Statements

Health Net, Inc. and its representatives may from time to time make written and oral forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (“PSLRA”) of 1995, including statements in this and other press releases, in presentations, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), reports to stockholders and in meetings with investors and analysts. All statements in this press release, other than statements of historical information provided herein, including the guidance for future periods and the assumptions underlying such projections, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements and as such are intended to be covered by the safe harbor for “forward-looking statements” provided by PSLRA. These statements are based on management’s analysis, judgment, belief and expectation only as of the date hereof, and are subject to changes in circumstances and a number of risks and uncertainties. Without limiting the foregoing, the guidance as to expected future period results and statements including the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “may,” “should,” “could,” “estimate,” “intend,” “feels,” “will,” “projects” and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by the forward-looking information and statements due to, among other things, health care reform and other increased government participation in and regulation of health benefits and managed care operations, including the ultimate impact of the Affordable Care Act, which could materially adversely affect Health Net’s financial condition, results of operations and cash flows through, among other things, reduced revenues, new taxes, expanded liability, and increased costs (including medical, administrative, technology or other costs), or require changes to the ways in which Health Net does business; rising health care costs; continued slow economic growth or a further decline in the economy; negative prior period claims reserve developments; trends in medical care ratios; membership declines; unexpected utilization patterns or unexpectedly severe or widespread illnesses; rate cuts and other risks and uncertainties affecting Health Net’s Medicare or Medicaid businesses; Health Net’s ability to successfully participate in the dual-eligibles pilot programs; litigation costs; regulatory issues with federal and state agencies including, but not limited to, the California Department of Managed Health Care, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and state departments of insurance; operational issues; failure to effectively oversee our third-party vendors; noncompliance by Health Net or Health Net’s business associates with any privacy laws or any security breach involving the misappropriation, loss or other unauthorized use or disclosure of confidential information; liabilities incurred in connection with Health Net’s divested operations; impairment of Health Net’s goodwill or other intangible assets; investment portfolio impairment charges; volatility in the financial markets; and general business and market conditions. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the risks discussed in the “Risk Factors” section included within Health Net’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC, and the other risks discussed in Health Net’s filings with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Except as may be required by law, Health Net undertakes no obligation to address or publicly update any of its guidance, the assessment of the underlying assumptions or forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.

Contacts:

Health Net, Inc.
Investor Contact
Angie McCabe
(818) 676-8692
angie.mccabe@healthnet.com
or
Media Contact
Brad Kieffer
(818) 676-6833
brad.kieffer@healthnet.com
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