Health Net was founded more than 40 years ago in California. With decades of experience caring for California’s most vulnerable residents, Health Net has worked hand-in-hand with the state to build the Medi-Cal safety net and serve those who depend on it.
Today, two-thirds of Health Net’s members are Medi-Cal enrollees — low-income adults, seniors, pregnant women, children and foster children, undocumented residents and persons with disabilities. We bring focused and unmatched knowledge of their specialized needs and tailor solutions to help them meet their unique challenges. These challenges include:
- Health Inequities: What drives health disparities among racial and ethnic groups? Systemic racism, socioeconomic status, age, social determinants of health and other factors have a negative impact. Only a collaborative effort can combat these disparities and improve health equity. Equally important is a renewed focus on this issue by every healthcare stakeholder.
- High Rate of Chronic Conditions: The rate of chronic health conditions is growing. In California, 14 million adults (38%) live with at least one chronic condition — and more than half of these patients live with multiple. The most prevalent – including hypertension, asthma, heart disease, and diabetes — are public health challenges that underscore the need to enhance access to healthcare.
- An Uneven Provider Presence: Many of our state’s healthcare providers are clustered in urban areas, often outside the rural safety net system. This uneven distribution of providers, coupled with a growing national shortage, has left some patients and regions underserved. Targeted solutions are the best options to overcome provider shortages.
We know from experience that healthcare starts at the community level. Together with county agencies, community clinics, hospitals, homeless shelters, food banks and our education and justice systems, we develop and fund localized programs and solutions.
In fact, since 2017, we’ve invested $93 million in nearly 500 community initiatives to bridge the divide in access, equity and quality of healthcare. Together, we are transforming the health of the communities we serve, one person at a time.