Open Enrollment 2018 - Kaiser Permanente
2018 Open Enrollment is here!
We are going to start with covering Kaiser Permanente (formerly Group Health).
Kaiser Permanente is the only plan being offered for our patients in Island County. This presents a bit of a problem.
All the Kaiser plans on the Exchange utilize their Core network (HMO). Although our Doctors are part of the Access PPO network (PPO), this does NOT include any sort of coverage for the Exchange plans.
Per Kaiser, this includes our physicians not being able to order labs or fill prescriptions of Kaiser patients on the Core network.
The Core network is fairly narrow. To see all your options, visit https://kaiserpermanente.vitalschoice.com and select the "Core" network under "Select your plan to continue" to see your options.
For Whidbey Island residents, this means the closest available in-network Naturopath would be in Lynnwood.
We already requested to be added to the Core network to serve the large population of Whidbey Island and the Island County residents, however Kaiser has informed us that the network is closed.
That means that some Island County residents who used to be able to see us an in network for their insurance may have to see us as cash patients.
So what can you do.
First, if you receive medical insurance through your employer and you currently are in-network, you are likely covered in 2018 (email us if you have any questions)
If you are a small business owner, you can look into one of the small group plans available. This year Premera is offering plans even for businesses with a single employee! Please note that restrictions apply, including limitations on sole proprietorship's. If you live in Island County and own your own small business, please email us and let us know if you would like more information on this option.
The other thing you can do is call Kaiser Permanente member services and let them know you would like to see the physicians at Specialty Natural Medicine added to the Core network so that you can continue to receive quality, Naturopathic care near your home.
We hope to continue to work with our patients from Island County. If you have any questions regarding our cash rates, or if you have questions about your insurance options please do not hesitate to reach out to us at Help@SpecialtyNaturalMedicine.com