Thursday, May 23, 2013

Toward Health Reform: Contra Costa Health Plan selected to participate in state insurance exchange

California took an historic step toward realizing Health Care Reform today with the announcement of the 13 health plans that will participate in the state’s health benefit exchange. I am very pleased our Contra Costa Health Plan is among the plans that will be offered through Covered California.

As part of our integrated health system, Contra Costa Health Services, CCHP has a long history of serving Contra Costa County residents through its extensive county and community contracted provider networks. Our Regional Medical Center and Health Centers (CCRMC) will see some of those new patients and many also will be cared for through CCHP’s many contracted providers, community clinics and hospitals throughout the community.

Participation in the exchange provides CCHP the opportunity to continue and expand its long legacy of ensuring the community has health care coverage. CCHP was the first county-sponsored health plan in the nation to receive federal qualification and to offer Medicare. I think it's fitting that as CCHP celebrates it's 40th year in operation it continues to play an important part in advancing access to care. Today, CCHP provides coverage to 120,000 people, including county employees, small and large business groups, seniors, people with disabilities, children and low-income patients. We are proud our health plan is playing a vital role in this exciting transformation of health care in California.

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