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Adventist Health Plan Coverage Begins Jan. 1 in Kings County

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HANFORD – In support of Adventist Health’s focus on improving community health, the not-for-profit faith-based health care system is entering into a new relationship with Health Net and CalViva Health starting Jan. 1.

Adventist Health Plan, the licensed health plan of Adventist Health, will subcontract with Health Net to administer the benefits of many of CalViva Health's managed Medi-Cal members in Kings County.

CalViva Health mailed letters to approximately 13,000 managed Medi-Cal members in late November to explain the change and emphasize that it will not affect their relationship with their primary care provider, specialists or hospitals. Members will receive new membership cards noting both CalViva Health and Adventist Health Plan.

This new service reflects the heart of our mission to share God’s love through healing,” said Wayne Ferch, president/CEO of Adventist Health / Central Valley Network, which operates four hospitals, 32 Community Care clinics and other services in five Central California counties. “By participating in the insurance side of health care, we take more responsibility for improving community health and lives.”

About 12 million Californians are enrolled in Medi-Cal, including about 44,000 in Kings County, and membership is growing under the Affordable Care Act.

The launch of our health plan is a milestone for Adventist Health in the Central Valley, and for the patients and communities we serve,” said Dr. John Zweifler, Community Care chief medical officer. “The creation of a managed care organization caring for Medi-Cal patients allows us to support access to care, continuity of care and comprehensive care outside the four walls of our Adventist Health Community Care clinics. It encourages us to be creative in finding new and effective ways to improve the health of our community members before they become sick, and to ease the transition from primary care to specialist, or from clinic to hospital, with a personal touch when they need care.”

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Adventist Health / Central Valley Network is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 31,000 includes more than 22,350 employees; 4,800 medical staff physicians; and 3,850 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 275 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Adventist Health ranked #10 in Becker's list of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the U.S. for 2015. Visit www.AdventistHealth.org/central-valley for more information.