Health Net, Inc. announced today that the California commercial (HMO, POS and PPO), Medicaid and Medicare lines of business of its subsidiaries have been awarded the Multicultural Health Care Distinction by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This national distinction recognizes organizations that lead the market in providing culturally and linguistically responsive services and work to reduce health care disparities.

Health Net is the first and only health insurer in the nation to hold the distinction for all three lines of business at the same time.

“Everyone at Health Net is proud to become the first health insurer in the nation to receive the Multicultural Health Care Distinction for these three lines of business,” said Steve Sell, president of Health Net’s Western Region Health Plan. “This acknowledges our commitment to enhance efforts around health care disparities, improve the services we provide to our diverse customer populations, and develop our robust cultural and linguistic services.”

Other Firsts

Besides being the first health insurer in the nation to concurrently earn the Multicultural Health Care Distinction for three of its lines of business, Health Net also was the first to receive the award in 2012 for its commercial PPO product and its Medicaid line of business.

“Cultural competency is crucial to providing high quality health care,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Organizations achieving the Multicultural Health Care Distinction are leaders in closing the ethnic and racial disparities gap, and NCQA commends them for their dedication.”

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.

About Health Net

Health Net, Inc. (NYSE: HNT) 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 5.3 million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly referred to as “Part D”), Medicaid, U.S. Department of Defense, including TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs programs. Through its subsidiaries, Health Net also offers behavioral health, substance abuse and employee assistance programs, managed health care products related to prescription drugs, managed health care product coordination for multi-region employers, and administrative services for medical groups and self-funded benefits programs.

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