BENEFITS FLASH – UPDATE
Anthem HMO Traditional and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF)
As you may recall, on February 20, 2019, employees who are enrolled in Anthem HMO Traditional were informed via a Benefits Flash that Sutter Health affiliated medical groups’ California Care agreement with Anthem Blue Cross terminated effective December 31, 2018. At that time, Anthem released letters to those County employees informing them of a transition period allowing participants to continue to access Sutter Health affiliated medical groups until April 1, 2019.
As of today’s date, the County has been informed that Anthem Blue Cross and Sutter Health affiliated medical groups’ California Care, continue to actively engage in negotiations. Both parties will continue to meet over the weekend and are hopeful that an agreement can be reached prior to the end of the April 1, 2019 transition period.
In addition, the County continues to have discussions with CalPERS in order to ensure that there is no interruption to your healthcare during this transition period and County employees are provided with options if an agreement cannot be reached by April 1, 2019. As we work through this process, please be assured your current coverage with Anthem HMO Traditional is active.
The Benefits Team will continue to send Benefits Flash updates as new information becomes available. Updates will also be available on the Benefits Website at www.santacruzcounty.us/benefits.
Thank you for your patience.
The Benefits Team