"Anthem Blue Cross's mission is to help improve the health and lives of those in our communities - and there's no better way to do that in California than to partner with the state's largest academic health system," said Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross. "This partnership shows that Anthem is committed to providing the best possible care to our members, whether they purchase health benefits on the exchange or are a member through their employers."
While Californians may access any hospital in emergency situations or for services not otherwise available in the network, individuals who purchase health benefits via Covered California starting in fall 2013 for coverage starting in 2014 will select a Qualified Health Plan and along with that, the network of providers the health plan has built. Anthem included UC Health in its Covered California filings. Network access may be subject to geographic limitations and plan selection.
"This is a very important partnership to improve affordability, accessibility and quality in the delivery of health care," said Dr. John Stobo, senior vice president for UC health sciences and services. "We will continue to work to develop solutions that improve health care in California."
UC Health, a part of the larger University of California system, includes the 10 hospitals run by UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego and UC San Francisco and their affiliated faculty.
Starting in 2014, individuals can begin to purchase health benefits on an exchange, which in California is called Covered California. Individuals earning less than four times the federal poverty level may qualify for a subsidy. To find out more, please visit CoveredCA.com.
This announcement is a product of the California Health Alliance, a partnership between Anthem Blue Cross and University of California Health, which is a groundbreaking alliance aimed at addressing some of the most critical issues facing the state's health care delivery system. Under the agreement announced in November 2012, Anthem and UC Health will focus on care innovation and California health policy development with the purpose of improving access to affordable, quality health care for California residents.
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