SJVIA will not freeze Kaiser enrollment in 2017

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Our Better Valley Health Coalition attended the Oct. 28 meeting of the San Joaquin Valley Insurance Authority (SJVIA). The County of Fresno requested SJVIA consider freezing Kaiser enrollment for the 2017 plan year. Our Fresno Health Advisory Committee and SJVIA staff both rejected freezing Kaiser enrollment as it would be harmful to our members and would cause disruption to the current open enrollment period.

“SJVIA needs to stick to its mission to provide the best affordable healthcare for our members.”

– Santiago Oceguera, Eligibility Worker, Fresno County

At today’s SJVIA meeting, members from Fresno and Tulare spoke on how this would impact workers and does nothing to improve access to quality affordable healthcare for those represented by SJVIA.  The Board voted to deny the request to freeze Kaiser enrollment and to explore this option in the 2018 plan year.  Discussions are slated to begin at the February SJVIA Board meeting.

“We are not entities, we are lives and Kaiser does a wonderful job at caring for their patients.”

– Colleen Biswell, HHSA Tulare County


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