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Health Net to continue as Blue & Gold HMO administrator and replace Optum for behavioral health benefits

After a competitive bidding process, Health Net has been chosen to continue as the Blue & Gold HMO plan administrator. However, members will notice two changes as of Jan. 1, 2019:

  • Behavioral health services will be provided by Health Net’s behavioral health subsidiary, Managed Health Network (MHN), replacing Optum Behavioral Health. By having medical and mental health services integrated under Health Net, members will receive more seamless care. Please note: MHN already provides these services for Health Net Seniority Plus and will continue to do so in 2019.
  • Health Net Blue & Gold HMO is getting a new name – UC Blue & Gold HMO.

With continued administration by Health Net, few medical plan changes are anticipated for next year.

Through 2018, Optum Behavioral Health continues as the behavioral health benefits administrator for Health Net Blue & Gold. If you have questions about your current behavioral health benefits, visit the Optum website or call and speak to an Optum representative at 888-440-8225.

Additional information on the 2019 transition to Health Net/MHN for behavioral health benefits will be shared as soon as it’s available.


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