Health Net Offers Cross-Border Health Plan
Health Net of California on Wednesday is expected to announce the state's first private insurance plan that will allow beneficiaries to receive care in the U.S. or Mexico, the Los Angeles Times reports. The five cross-border plans being offered are aimed at the estimated two million uninsured Latinos living in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties (Goldman, Los Angeles Times, 3/15).
Under one of the plans, developed with the Mexican government, adults ages 19 to 39 will pay $75 monthly and a family of four will pay about $300 monthly for coverage. Copayments for doctor visits in the U.S. will cost $15, and 75% of hospitalization costs will be covered after meeting a $2,500 deductible. Copayments and deductibles will be lower for care in Mexico (Prengaman, AP/Contra Costa Times, 3/15).
Health Net is collaborating with Sistemas Medicos Nacionales, the only Mexican health plan licensed in California, to offer the plans (Los Angeles Times, 3/15).