announced today the availability of 12 new benefit plans and three new
care provider networks from UnitedHealthcare of California
("UnitedHealthcare") for small groups enrolling in health coverage
effective August 1, 2014. The addition of UnitedHealthcare to the
CaliforniaChoice program expands the coverage options available
to local businesses to seven health plans, 17 care provider networks,
and more than 55 health maintenance organization, preferred provider
organization, exclusive provider organization and health savings
account-compatible plan designs.
is one of the nation's most successful small group private
health insurance exchanges with participating health plans including
Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente, Sharp Health
Plan, UnitedHealthcare and Western Health Advantage.
"The marketplace has made it clear hospital and healthcare provider
choice is an important consideration for employers and consumers in
selecting their health coverage," said Ron Goldstein, president and CEO
of CHOICE Administrators, which operates CaliforniaChoice.
"By adding UnitedHealthcare to our health plan network, CaliforniaChoice
is now able to address more of our members' needs."
Throughout its 18-year history as the nation's pioneer in
consumer-choice health insurance exchanges, CaliforniaChoice is
offered exclusively through independent health insurance brokers.
Goldstein calls these brokers "more important than ever in providing
employers and employees with the information and unbiased
recommendations necessary to make well-informed healthcare decisions."
"UnitedHealthcare is committed to offering California's small businesses
and their employees access to quality, cost-effective healthcare in
communities where they live and work," said Brandon Cuevas, CEO,
UnitedHealthcare of California. "We look forward to working with
CaliforniaChoice to help deliver on that promise by helping
Californians live healthier lives through our innovative health benefit
plans and wellness programs."
UnitedHealthcare of California and its affiliates serve more than 3.2
million Californians with a wide range of health benefit plans for
people of all ages.
CaliforniaChoice is a recognized leader in the health insurance
industry, having introduced Defined Contribution and Employee Choice
over 18 years ago. CaliforniaChoice also offers a Business
Solutions Suite to small businesses which includes a range of
value-added products and services at no additional cost and will
introduce online enrollment and an "Automated Choice Profiler" later
this year that will help consumers quickly and accurately identify the
health plan and benefit design that best meets their needs.
CaliforniaChoice currently serves more than 10,000 employers and
150,000 employees. It is a division of CHOICE Administrators, the
nation's leading developer and administrator of consumer-choice
insurance exchange models. Further information is available at www.calchoice.com.
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