Friday, September 14, 2012

Sacramento's Western Health Advantage expanding in North Bay - Sacramento Bee

Sacramento-based Western Health Advantage today announced plans to expand health insurance coverage into the North Bay counties of Marin, Napa and Sonoma.

To form the provider and hospital network, WHA said it is partnering with Meritage Medical Network (health care and benefits provider for HMO members in Marin and Sonoma counties) and seven hospitals: Healdsburg District Hospital, Marin General Hospital, Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, Sonoma Valley Hospital, Petaluma Valley Hospital, Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa and Santa Rosa Memorial.

Petaluma Valley, Queen of the Valley and Santa Rosa Memorial are part of the Orange-based St. Joseph Health system.

WHA, which is a non-profit company, said it is finalizing discussions with the North Bay regional network of physicians and hospitals and intends to begin offering health coverage to employers, families and individuals on Jan. 1, 2013.

The planned expansion is still pending approval by the California Department of Managed Health Care.

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