Significant Change In Anthem’s Plan Under Health Law May Trip Up Consumers
Although some California residents will still be able to buy health law coverage through the company, it will replace its preferred provider plan or PPO with an exclusive provider plan or EPO.
Local Residents Still Have Obamacare Options. But Beware Of Change To Anthem Plan.
While Anthem Blue Cross decided to withdraw from most of California's individual market, it continues to serve the Central Valley pricing region. According to Covered California, which serves 67,000 people in the five-county region, Anthem customers made up more than 65 percent of those consumers this year. ... For 2018, Anthem will replace its preferred provider plan or PPO with a significantly different type of plan called an exclusive provider plan or EPO. ... [Insurance broker Debra] Wright said the provider network for the EPO is about the same as the PPO, but customers need to understand the terms of the EPO. It does not cover medical bills for patients who use services outside the provider network. (Carlson, 11/8)