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Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 5:00 am

Share your thoughts: New North Bay health plans to improve costs for businesses?

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    NBBJ Pulse Poll

    Will the entrance to the North Bay of health plans from Western Health Advantage, Blue Shield and Sutter Health help lower employer health care costs?

    • Yes (52%, 15 votes)
    • No (28%, 8 votes)
    • Don't know (20%, 6 votes)

    Total voters: 29
    Polling period: November 28, 2012 @ 12:05 am – December 4, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

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    This NBBJ Pulse Poll ends Dec. 4. View all polls.

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    The North Bay soon will have three new health-plan providers: Western Health Advantage, Blue Cross of California and Sutter Health.

    Sacramento-based Western Health Advantage on Jan. 1 is expanding its business into Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties. [Read Business Journal coverage of Western Health Advantage.]

    Novato-based Meritage Medical Network, formerly known as the Marin-Sonoma IPA, in October officially made known its plan to earn accountable care organization, or ACO, designation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act of 2010. [See "Health Care: Meritage Medical officially seeks ACO status," Oct. 29.] Blue Shield of California recently said it will launch its SaveNet HMO in Marin and Sonoma counties in 2013, forming a “narrow” network around Novato-based Meritage Medical Network and Sonoma County Primary Care. [See "Blue Shield set to offer ‘narrow’ network for 2013," Nov. 26.]

    In 2014, Sutter Health plans to launch its own health maintenance organization. [See "Sutter Health pursues launch of own HMO," Sept. 24.]

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