FAIRFIELD — Partnership HealthPlan of California began the new year with 34,000 additional members.
The Fairfield-based agency as of Jan. 1 began administering MediCal benefits for former County Medical Services Program recipients in 14 counties, including Solano County. County Medical Services Program serves low-income, indigent adults.
California is putting this population into managed MediCal in an effort to streamline services and bring greater health care access to this population, a Partnership HealthPlan press release said.
“We have planned for this expansion for a very long time, making changes to our infrastructure, adding personnel and bringing in new technology,” Partnership HealthPlan CEO Jack Horn said in the release.
Each County Medical Services Program participant was to receive a letter from Partnership HealthPlan in December explaining the change. It also directed them to choose a primary care provider from a list of providers under contract.
This month, the new Partnership HealthPlan members will receive member packets, including membership cards to use for getting medical services. People with questions can call 800-863-4155 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Partnership HealthPlan is used to rapid growth.
“When the state moved the Healthy Families program in managed care MediCal, we took in 42,000 new members,” Horn said. “And our September expansion into eight northern rural counties brought in 104,000 new members. These previous expansions have gone very well, and they’ve helped us to refine our strategies going forward.”
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