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. Anthem has been with Covered California since the beginning of Obamacare in 2014. However for the 2018 coverage year, some shifts will be taking place.
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.
With the uncertainly and instability of the healthcare market, Anthem Blue Cross will be reducing its coverage area to these regions for 2018
- Region 1-Northern California CountiesAlpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, and Yuba counties.
- Region 7-Santa Clara County
- Region 10-Santa Clara CountySan Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Mariposa and Tulare counties.
In these regions Anthem currently has 108,000 members which is 41percent of their current enrollment.
Anthem’s broad provider network includes over 11,000 doctors and over 40,000 contracted doctors in California.
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 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.