HEALTH NET: Shoulders Foundation’s Medi-Cal Members
Health Net, California's largest network-model HMO, has assumed the entire Medi-Cal membership of the former Foundation Health. Effective July 1, more than 400,000 of Foundation's Medi-Cal recipients began receiving the same benefits under Health Net. These members continue to have access to their same physicians because Health Net has successfully contracted with Foundation's network of providers. David Friedman, vice president of Foundation's parent company, California Health Programs, said, "Other than new membership cards, this change should be transparent to our members. [They] will have access to the same physicians and hospitals, their benefits will remain the same, and they will call us at the same phone numbers" (Health Net release, 7/15). Click here to read about Foundation's 1998 first-quarter earnings.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.