Western Health Advantage (WHA) is now available in the Bay Area for large and small group employers. Our partnership with Canopy Health, co-founded by John Muir Health and UCSF, provides access to providers who are some of the most skilled and respected in the United States, and the numerous renowned hospitals and care centers at which they practice have long been recognized for their medical excellence, advanced technology, and compassionate care.
Western Health Advantage (WHA) has announced that the Department of Managed Health Care has approved their expansion for small group plans into the Bay Area. They also noted that they will not seek re-certification of their Covered California small group plans because of this expansion. WHA’s exit from the Covered California for Small Business plans does not affect their individual and family plan offerings through Covered California.
For 2017, Sutter Health Plus will be offering individual and family plans that mirror the standard benefit designs outlined by Covered California. These HMO plans, offered only by Sutter Health Plus, are not eligible for the ACA Premium Tax Credits. They will be offering the standard benefit design Platinum coinsurance, Gold coinsurance, Silver and Bronze health plans in the Sacramento Valley and Bay Area counties.
Great news for the Bay Area—we’ve received state regulatory approval to offer individual, family and employer group health plans in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo, and parts of Santa Clara effective Oct. 1, 2015.