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Health Net to award $1.8 million in grants to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), Community Based Organizations (CBO) and clinic consortia in California to improve access to quality care and educate residents about Medi-Cal benefits

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Health Net announced an availability of $1.8 million in grants to help enroll, educate and retain eligible members in Medi-Cal, the state’s health care safety net program.

Health Net’s 2021 Community & Infrastructure Investment Program will provide grants of up to $100,000 per applicant over a 13-month period.

“Despite increasing unemployment due to the pandemic, eligible people aren’t signing up for Medi-Cal in the numbers predicted due to obstacles that these grants will help to remove,” said Brian Ternan, President and CEO of Health Net of California and California Health and Wellness. “This $1.8 million grant program will help community organizations find and enroll these newly-eligible people so Health Net can fulfill our mission of transforming the health of our communities, one person at a time.”

These grant funds must be used to aid residents to:

  • Inform them of the availability and benefits of health care coverage
  • Help them enroll in health care coverage
  • Assist them as they navigate the system after enrollment
  • Help them with the coverage renewal process

However, innovation is a key benchmark for these Health Net grants. That’s because the national pandemic is prompting providers to pivot away from traditional methods of providing access to care. Through this funding, Health Net will support innovative ways to provide residents this access. A few examples of these innovative efforts may include:

  • A mobile app to help consumers find culturally competent care.
  • Investing in grassroots marketing to meet consumers where they live.
  • Employing innovative technology to help consumers navigate a complex health program.

Proposals are due on November 30 by 5 p.m. PST. Interested applicants can learn about eligibility requirements, grant request specifications and other key information by reviewing the Community & Infrastructure Investments Enhanced Access RFP document here.

At Health Net we believe being engaged in our communities enables us to better care for people’s health. As one of the largest and most experienced health plans in the state, we work hard to cultivate thoughtful partnerships that align with our mission and goals to improve the health of our community one person at a time. Forty years later, we remain steadfast in our commitment to serve as both as a resource to the state and an active member of the communities where we operate. This grant is part of our investment of more than $40 million dedicated to bridge the divide in access, equity and quality of care.

About Health Net

At Health Net, we believe every person deserves a safety net for their health, regardless of age, income, employment status or current state of health. Founded 40 years ago, we remain dedicated to transforming the health of our community, one person at a time. Today, Health Net’s 3,000 employees and 85,000 network providers serve more than 3 million members. That’s nearly 1 in 12 Californians. We provide health plans for individuals, families, businesses of every size, people with Medicare and people with Medi-Cal — Coverage for Every Stage of LifeTM. Health Net also offer access to substance abuse programs, behavioral health services, employee assistance programs and managed health care products related to prescription drugs. We offer these health plans and services through Health Net, LLC and its subsidiaries: Health Net of California, Inc., Health Net Life Insurance Company and Health Net Community Solutions, Inc. These entities are wholly owned subsidiaries of Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), a Fortune 100 company providing health coverage to more than 20 million Americans. For more information, visit


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