Why Centene is disappointed despite winning Medi-Cal contract

Centene subsidiary Health Net of California was one of three plans awarded contracts in Medi-Cal's first ever statewide managed care plan procurement process, but the insurer said it was disappointed to learn it did not win contracts in three counties it has a "deep history in serving." 

Health Net was tapped for contracts in nine counties, but did not receive contracts in Los Angeles, Sacramento or Kern counties. 

"Through our local health plan, Health Net of California, we have been providing quality, comprehensive and equitable healthcare to members throughout California for 25 years," Centene said in an Aug. 25 news release. "We have a deep history in serving these communities and members who have come to rely on our services and care."

Centene said it strongly believes its exit from those three counties will be a significant disruption to members and providers. The payer said it is evaluating its option to appeal the California Department of Healthcare Services' decision. 

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