Regional Access Plan in early talks on HMO for businesses

'Informational' talks with HMO could lead to 'good fit' for plan members

SONOMA COUNTY -- Members of a regional effort to create a strong network of physicians across the North Bay are in early talks with a Sacramento-based health maintenance organization about forming an insurance product around the nearly 500-member physician network, with the possible goal of offering a commercial health plan to employers.

The Northern California Healthcare Authority was set to hold a Regional Access Plan meeting Thursday with members of the Marin-Sonoma Independent Practice Association and Annadel Medical Group to hear preliminary information from Western Health Advantage’s chief executive officer Garry Maisel.

Daymon Doss

Daymon Doss, chairman of the health care authority and former chief executive officer of Petaluma Healthcare District, stressed that talks are very much preliminary and informational. But he said the not-for-profit insurer could potentially be a good fit for the health care authority and members of the Marin-Sonoma IPA.

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