Health Net Community Solutions, Inc. received two awards from the California Department of Health Care Services ( DHCS) for its contributions to quality improvement efforts within the Medi-Cal program.
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Health Net Community Solutions received the bronze quality award for outstanding performance in the California Department of Health Care Services 2010 Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems ( CAHPS ®) surveys for the Medi-Cal managed care program in Tulare County.

Health Net Community Solutions associate Carol Spencer, RN, also was recognized for her outstanding contribution to quality improvement efforts in the Medi-Cal managed care program. She was honored for her work on developing the Facility Site Review Tool that helps assess the physical accessibility of provider sites that care for Medi-Cal’s Seniors and Persons with Disabilities (SPD) population.

Through May 2012, medical coverage for the SPD population is transitioning to the Medi-Cal managed care program. The Facility Site Review Tool evaluates provider offices to help ensure that physical accessibility − such as parking for disabled patients, ample door width for wheelchairs, appropriate height for exam tables and other accommodations − are addressed. The DHCS rolled out this tool to all health plans in the Medi-Cal program.

Health Net Community Solutions, Inc. is a subsidiary of Health Net of California, Inc.

“Health Net is honored to be recognized by the California Department of Health Care Services for our quality improvement efforts,” said Dave Meadows, Health Net vice president of State Health Programs. “We take pride in collaborating with DHCS and our community and provider partners to offer dependable and quality service to Medi-Cal beneficiaries.”

Health Net is one of the biggest providers of federally and state-funded health programs in California. Together, Health Net’s Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, Access for Infants and Mothers and Medi-Cal and Healthy Families dental programs cover more than 1 million individuals statewide.

About Health Net of California

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 67,000-plus physicians, 300-plus hospitals and 5,000-plus pharmacies, giving its members greater choice and more convenient access to care. For more information about Health Net, visit the website at www.healthnet.com.

Cautionary Statements

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 subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on management’s analysis, judgment, belief and expectation only as of the date hereof, and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Without limiting the foregoing, statements including the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “may,” “should,” “could,” “estimate,” “intend” and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially due to, among other things, health care reform, 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 affecting Health Net’s Medicare or Medicaid businesses; 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; litigation costs; regulatory issues with agencies such as the California Department of Managed Health Care, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and state departments of insurance, including the continued suspension of the marketing of and enrollment into Health Net’s Medicare products for a significant period of time, which could have a material adverse impact on Health Net’s Medicare business; operational issues; 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; 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 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the risks discussed in Health Net’s subsequent filings with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Health Net undertakes no obligation to publicly revise any of its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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