PrimeCare to end contract with HealthNet MedAdvantage in 2019

Jackson County residents enrolled in the HealthNet MedAdvantage plan may need to find a new medical provider for next year. But HealthNet of Oregon says no one should lose coverage.

PrimeCare announced in late November that it will end its contracts with HealthNet MedAdvantage at the end of 2018.

PrimeCare says it’s had a positive relationship with HealthNet for many years, but after it was bought by Centene Corporation earlier this year, their operations systems just weren’t compatible.

“Our offices, our staff here and the staff of HealthNet of Oregon, have worked very hard for the entire year to try and make the relationship work and we simply have been unable to do so,” said PrimeCare of Jackson County CEO Mike Bond.

Enrollees have several MedAdvantage plans to choose from during the current open enrollment period, those options are listed in the new 2019 handbook.

PrimeCare suggests contacting your agent or the Senior Health Insurance Benefit Advisors (SHIBA) for assistance.

Groups with HealthNet commercial plans will not be affected.

Update 12/7/18

A spokesperson for HealthNet of Oregon sent NBC5 News the following statement.

”Our Medicare Advantage members currently seeing a PrimeCare network doctor can still receive the same in-network coverage in 2019. While PrimeCare IPA recently announced they would not be renewing their Medicare Advantage contract, Health Net of Oregon members do not need to switch health plans in order to remain covered when seeing a physician in the PrimeCare network. Health Net of Oregon knows that the relationship between patients and their physicians is important, and members who have questions should reach out to our member services hotline at 1-888-445-8913.”


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