Healthcare access cutback

People with Medi-Cal may no longer be covered for non-emergency services at several Dignity Health centers.

Posted: Jan 8, 2020 7:55 PM
Updated: Jan 9, 2020 2:14 PM

REDDING, Calif. - People with Medi-Cal may no longer be covered for non-emergency services at several Dignity Health Centers.

A spokesperson for Partnership HealthPlan of California said patients will continue to get care from any Dignity provider until January 31st. 

"If we are unable to reach an agreement before February 1, we may be able to arrange for members, in some instances, to keep seeing their current doctor until treatment is completed. We want to ensure that all Partnership members have access to care," Partnership said.

Partnership HealthPlan of California said nearly 23,000 people who receive care from Dignity Health providers in Shasta, Siskiyou, and Yolo counties could become affected. Partnership said they are trying to reach a deal with Dignity and are hopeful that both will be able to reach an agreement.

A spokesperson for Dignity said health plans will continue to cover emergency care regardless of contract status. Therefore, in an emergency, you should always visit the nearest hospital providing emergency services.

Action News Now reached out to Dignity Health, their statement below:

"Dignity Health and Partnership HealthPlan of California are currently negotiating in good faith to renew
their contractual relationship. Dignity Health and Partnership have worked together for many years to provide health care
services and a coordinated approach to care for Medi-Cal patients in our communities."

Partnership HealthPlan members can continue to access Dignity Health services using their benefits before the February 1 deadline.

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