Blue Shield Access+ Withdraws from 8 Bay Area Counties
CalPERS members affected by the Blue Shield Access+ Bay Area exit have the option of enrolling in several other health plans. And through conversations with their providers, most members will find their doctors are in-network under other CalPERS plans.
The impacted counties that will no longer offer Blue Shield Access+ for CalPERS members are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. The change takes effect January 1, 2019.
CalPERS members in those counties will be defaulted to Health Net SmartCare in 2019, unless they elect a different plan during the Open Enrollment period, which runs from September 10 to October 5, 2018.
In most cases, members can keep their current doctors or medical groups under a different CalPERS plan in the area. Members are encouraged to ask their doctors what other plans are in-network and compare that with CalPERS' offerings.
The Find a Medical Plan Tool in my|CalPERS presents available plans based on a member's eligibility ZIP Code. Members should research all available plans and make the decision that best fits their needs and circumstances. Your HR Benefits representatives are also on-hand to guide employees through the Open Enrollment process.