Health Net of California, Inc. is helping ensure that Health Net members who are victims and evacuees of the two wildfires currently taking place in Kern County have access to essential prescription medications, critical Health Net information and services to help them cope with grief, loss, stress or trauma.
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“During what is obviously an emotional and trying time for many of our members, we are reaching out to be sure they have uninterrupted access to the medical services and products they need to stay well,” said Steven Sell, president of Health Net of California.
Health Net will approve up to a one-month supply of essential prescription medications for any Health Net member whose medicine was lost in the destruction or remained behind during evacuation. To obtain an emergency supply, just return to the pharmacy where the original prescription was filled. For questions or assistance, affected Health Net members may call 800-400-8987.
Any Health Net member affected by the current California wildfires may contact MHN, Health Net’s behavioral health subsidiary, for referrals to mental health counselors, local resources or telephonic consultations to help them cope with stress grief, loss or other trauma resulting from the fires.
For the duration of the fires and their immediate aftermath, Health Net members may contact MHN 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 800-227-1060.
Information for Health Care Providers
Health Net is taking steps to help ensure that health care providers in the areas of the wildfires are able to continue providing for Health Net members’ medical needs.
Health care providers who contract with Health Net may call 800-641-7761 for guidance on prescription refill guidelines, length of time to obtain authorizations for treatment, or approval for out-of-network services in the event a contracting provider or facility becomes unavailable.
Other Important Information
Depending on how the fire situation plays out, Health Net may make additional changes to its policies as needed to help ensure members have access to health care services.
About Health Net
Health Net of California, Inc., a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), is one of the largest health plans in the state. Together with Health Net Life Insurance Company, it serves more than 2.2 million members statewide and contracts with more than 56,000 physicians, 5,600 pharmacies and 300-plus hospitals, giving its members greater choice and more convenient access to care. Its commercial HMO/POS and Medicare lines of business have received the “excellent” accreditation status from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Its PPO line of business (offered by Health Net Life Insurance Company) and its Medicaid line of business have received the “commendable” accreditation status. For more information about Health Net, visit its Web site at www.healthnet.com.
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