Sutter Health HMO Joins California Choice

Sutter Health Plus, the HMO health plan of Sacramento-based Sutter Health, has joined CaliforniaChoice and will offer 12 small group plan designs later this year.

Orange-based CaliforniaChoice is a private exchange for employer groups and employees. Sutter recently received approval to join CaliforniaChoice from the state Department of Managed Health Care.

Sutter said brokers and employers will be able to see Sutter Health Plus plans and rates by Sept. 15, and plan coverage is set to begin as early as Dec. 1 for groups in the greater Sacramento, Central Valley and Sonoma County areas. Plans to expand coverage to San Francisco and the Bay Area will occur later this year, according to CaliforniaChoice.

CaliforniaChoice currently serves more than 12,500 employers and 215,000 employees and their dependents.