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Health Net of California Expands Access to Hispanic-Focused Health Care in Kern County

Health Net of California, Inc., a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE: HNT), is expanding its Hispanic-focused product, Salud con Health Net, into the greater Bakersfield area of Kern County, providing access to affordable, local, culturally competent medical care.

Health Net has partnered with Hispanic Physicians IPA – with nearly 100 primary care physicians and specialists – through a network of bilingual health care providers who can address the needs of the Hispanic community.

“Hispanic Physicians shares our vision for affordable, locally focused, culturally competent care,” said Steve Sell, president of Health Net’s Western Region Health Plan. “And our Salud con Health Net products can provide significant premium savings over comparable benefits available through our full HMO network, in some cases up to 30 percent.”

Among the Salud con Health Net features and benefits:

  • Affordable health insurance coverage with office visit copayments as low as $15, generic prescription copayments as low as $5 and full coverage for emergency services.
  • Customer service representatives who are well-versed about Salud con Health Net products and certified in the Spanish language and health insurance terminology. Salud con Health Net plans also provide a focus on health education, prevention and wellness, and they include access to Health Net’s Decision Powersm health coaches, who are clinicians, available in both Spanish and English, who can help members make decisions with their doctors that fit the members’ health and lifestyle and help them manage complex medical issues.

In addition, Kern County Salud con Health Net members may access care in the Mexican cities of Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito and Tecate, without a referral, through the network provided by Sistemas Medicos Nacionales, S.A. de C.V. (SIMNSA), the only Mexican health plan licensed by the California Department of Managed Health Care, the regulatory body that oversees all HMOs doing business in California.

Two Salud con Health Net products now are available to Bakersfield-area employers, Salud HMO y Más, and Salud Mexico. For the Salud Mexico plan, Bakersfield-area businesses must have satellite offices in California within 50 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Salud con Health Net is an important part of Health Net’s efforts to focus on the health insurance needs of the state’s Latino population. “Health Net is striving to be the health plan of choice for Latinos,” said Sell, “and we are undertaking several initiatives to enhance our services and products for this important population.”

For more information about Salud con Health Net products, employers may contact their broker or their Health Net representative, or they may call 1-800-448-4411 (option 4).

Multicultural Distinction

Health Net of California’s commercial HMO, PPO and POS lines of business and its Medicaid HMO line of business have been awarded the Multicultural Health Care distinction by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, which recognizes organizations that lead the market in providing culturally and linguistically sensitive services and working to reduce health care disparities.

About Health Net

Health Net, Inc. is a publicly traded managed care organization that delivers managed health care services through health plans and government-sponsored managed care plans. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. Health Net provides and administers health benefits to approximately 6.0 million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare, Medicaid, U.S. Department of Defense, including TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs programs. Health Net’s behavioral health services subsidiary, Managed Health Network, Inc., provides behavioral health, substance abuse and employee assistance programs to approximately 5.0 million individuals, including Health Net’s own health plan members. Health Net’s subsidiaries also offer managed health care products related to prescription drugs, and offer managed health care product coordination for multi-region employers and administrative services for medical groups and self-funded benefits programs.

For more information on Health Net, Inc., please visit Health Net’s website at www.healthnet.com.

Cautionary Statements

Health Net, Inc. and its representatives may from time to time make written and oral forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (“PSLRA”) of 1995, including statements in this and other press releases, in presentations, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), reports to stockholders and in meetings with investors and analysts. All statements in this press release, other than statements of historical information provided herein, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements and as such are intended to be covered by the safe harbor for “forward-looking statements” provided by PSLRA. These statements are based on management’s analysis, judgment, belief and expectation only as of the date hereof, and are subject to changes in circumstances and a number of risks and uncertainties. Without limiting the foregoing, statements including the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “may,” “should,” “could,” “estimate,” “intend,” “feels,” “will,” “projects” and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by the forward-looking information and statements due to, among other things, health care reform and other increased government participation in and regulation of health benefits and managed care operations, including the ultimate impact of the Affordable Care Act, which could materially adversely affect Health Net’s financial condition, results of operations and cash flows through, among other things, reduced revenues, new taxes, expanded liability, and increased costs (including medical, administrative, technology or other costs), or require changes to the ways in which Health Net does business; rising health care costs; continued slow economic growth or a further decline in the economy; negative prior period claims reserve developments; trends in medical care ratios; membership declines; unexpected utilization patterns or unexpectedly severe or widespread illnesses; rate cuts and other risks and uncertainties affecting Health Net’s Medicare or Medicaid businesses; litigation costs; regulatory issues with federal and state agencies including, but not limited to, the California Department of Managed Health Care, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and state departments of insurance; operational issues; failure to effectively oversee our third party vendors; noncompliance by Health Net or Health Net’s business associates with any privacy laws or any security breach involving the misappropriation, loss or other unauthorized use or disclosure of confidential information; any liabilities of the Northeast business that were incurred prior to the closing of its sale as well as those liabilities incurred through the winding-up and running-out period of the Northeast business; Health Net’s ability to complete proposed dispositions on a timely basis or at all; investment portfolio impairment charges; volatility in the financial markets; and general business and market conditions. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the risks discussed in the “Risk Factors” section included within Health Net’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and the risks discussed in Health Net’s other filings with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Except as may be required by law, Health Net undertakes no obligation to address or publicly update any of its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.

Contacts:

Health Net of California, Inc.
Brad Kieffer
818.676.6833
brad.kieffer@healthnet.com
twitter.com/hn_bradkieffer

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