Health Net of California Receives Regional Medi-Cal Contract

April 27, 2010, LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health Net of California, Inc. has been selected by the Fresno-Kings-Madera Regional Health Authority to administer CalViva Health, the local initiative Medi-Cal plan for residents of the tri-county area.

"We're delighted the regional health authority saw the value of our exceptional partnerships with local doctors and hospitals and our recognized strengths as one of California's largest providers of Medi-Cal benefits and services," said Dave Meadows, vice president of State Health Programs for Health Net.

The CalViva Health award cements Health Net's stature as one of the largest providers of Medi-Cal benefits in California. When the CalViva Health program is in place, Health Net Medi-Cal programs will be serving contiguous counties from Madera in the north to San Diego in the south. In all, Health Net currently serves more than 702,000 residents in 10 California counties. Health Net also currently serves more than 150,000 Healthy Families and Healthy Kids beneficiaries in 35 counties.

Health Net will retain its existing downtown Fresno office, and it expects to open new offices in Kings and Madera counties to efficiently serve its CalViva Health customers and contracting providers in the three-county region, said Meadows.

Health Net and the health authority expect the CalViva Health contract will take effect in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Community Celebration

On May 19, 2010, Health Net will host a grand-opening celebration of its downtown Fresno Community Solutions Center, including the presentation of three Health Net Community SolutionMakers Awards honoring three Fresno County organizations making a difference in the health and well-being of the communities they serve.

Medi-Cal Quality Awards

Earlier this month, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) presented a bronze award to Health Net of California for its outstanding performance for its 2009 Fresno County HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) outcomes, which measure the quality of care and services provided by Health Net. Over the past two years, DHCS has awarded Health Net of California a total of five quality awards and four associate citations, the most of any Medi-Cal health plan during that time period.

Additionally, the National Committee for Quality Assurance recently elevated Health Net of California's Medi-Cal plan to "Excellent" accreditation status for Health Plan Accreditation.

About Health Net of California

Health Net of California, Inc., a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), is one of the largest health plans in the state. Together with Health Net Life Insurance Company, it serves more than 2.2 million members statewide and contracts with more than 56,000 physicians, 300-plus hospitals and nearly 5,000 pharmacies, giving its members greater choice and more convenient access to care. Its commercial HMO and POS, Medicare and Medicaid lines of business have received the "Excellent" Accreditation status from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. For more information about Health Net, visit its website at

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