Anthem Blue Cross Covered California
With over 8.3 million members in California alone, Anthem Blue Cross covers more Californians then any other carrier in the state. It was no surprise that they were among the top carriers of choice for consumers through the California Exchange. In fact, over 350,000 CA State Exchange enrollees are covered by an Anthem Blue Cross Covered California plan. They offer plans in all 19 pricing regions of the state.
Founded in 1936, Anthem has grown from a small company to one of the nation’s largest carriers. Today Anthem Blue Cross of California is a subsidiary of Anthem Inc. and is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association that is located in Thousand Oaks, California.
Anthem offers HMO, PPO and EPO plans. They are proud to be offering the only PPO in California to have been continuously awarded the full accreditation from the NCQA5. This full accreditation is the highest level that can be reached for a PPO. To add to this, the NCQA (National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded the “Excellent Accreditation” ranking to the Anthem Blue Cross for its HMO/POS.
Anthem’s broad provider network includes over 11,000 doctors and over 40,000 contracted PPO doctors in California. Some notable providers include UCLA(The University of Los Angeles),UCSF(University of San Francisco). As of January 1st, 2014 individuals who are enrolled on an Anthem Blue Cross Covered California PPO or EPO, or directly with Anthem Blue Cross may now have access to Huntington Memorial Hospital, Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Hospital, UC Davis Medical Center and Cedars Sinai Medical Center (please note that network access is subject to geographic limitations, plan selection, and contracts).
Strides have been made to strengthen physician partnerships includes those serving the rural Monterey, Amador, Humboldt, Shasta, Butte and Sutter counties. They are also working to improve their provider list so that consumers receive accurate information on current providers that are available, and would be covered.
And now with its BlueCard program PPO and EPO members that travel the U.S. will have accesses to a wide network of doctors and hospitals.
Integration is the wave of the future and has become a focal point as Anthem seeks to coordinate doctors and hospitals to provide a seamless experience and coordinated treatment plans for its members.
Anthem is excited to offer telehealth through LiveHealth. This online program that can be done in the privacy of your home offers real-time face-face visits with a doctor of your choice of various specialties. This convenient service is offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all members for small copay.
Anthem members can also access robust online tools that help them select a doctor, estimate the cost of a procedure, review billing information, submit claims, access customer support, view video tutorials, and take advantage of member discounts through participating gyms, etc.