25 Oct 2013

What’s Happening With… Health Net?

25 Oct 2013

This is one of a series of posts designed to update clients and prospective clients with what is happening on the individual and family health insurance markets.

Health Net offers individual and family coverage directly, and through Covered CA for those who qualify for a federal tax credit or subsidy.

Can I keep my current plan?  No. Health Net is terminating all individual plans including the CA Farm Bureau plans, even ones purchased prior to March, 2010 that some other carriers would consider to be grandfathered.

Are my rates going up?  Almost certainly, and significantly – unless you were previously placed into a higher risk category due to health history, or were on a HIPAA guarantee-issue plan.

Do I need to do anything to change to a new, compliant plan?  Health Net will move you to a new ACA-compliant plan that they think maps most closely to your current plan. You are not required to accept this plan. You may consider alternate options from Health Net, or consider changing to a carrier that better meets your needs. As a cost-mitigation strategy, we think all Health Net or CA Farm Bureau PPO clients should consider changing to a Cigna PPO plan before the end of 2013.

Is the network of providers changing?   Yes, Health Net’s individual and family PPO network will be smaller than the current California PPO network.  You can search both networks here. This network could represent as few as a third to half of the current Health Net PPO network providers. This may change in the future, but at this time, we believe Health Net’s network will include the Sutter hospitals (e.g., California Pacific Medical Centers), but not any of the UC hospitals, such as UCSF and UCLA. When traveling outside of CA, members will continue to have access to the First Health national PPO network.

Can I view all of the new 2014 plan options and rates?  Yes, please visit this page which will let you access direct 2014 quotes from all of the major carriers, as well as submit a quick-apply application when you are ready. For those who think they may qualify for tax credits, please contact us to discuss options through Covered California.

Are these the same plans that are available through Covered CA?  Health Net will offer the same exact plans directly, as they do through Covered California, at the same rates (as required by law). There are no additional plans offered by Health Net outside of the marketplace.

Are there HSA-compatible options?  No.

I know I won’t qualify for a tax credit or subsidy. How do I apply?  Please use the Quick-Apply links and select the carrier logo. Remember, there are no more health questions on individual applications. We expect many people to be pleasantly surprised at how quick and easy applying for coverage will be for 2014 and beyond. Please contact us if you need assistance with your online application, or would prefer a paper application.

 

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