Anthem California Provider Lists

Finding Anthem’s provider lists for California is something of a treasure hunt — you can’t do it from the home page. But, nonetheless, I found it (and no, I don’t know if these will be updated to include more providers or hospitals in the near future):

Select your plan network from the list below:
Pathway X and Pathway PPO – ON & OFF Individual Exchange – PPO Network 
Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yuba Counties
Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma Counties
El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo Counties
Contra Costa County
Alameda County
Santa Clara County
San Mateo County
Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz Counties
Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare Counties
Fresno, Kings, Madera Counties
San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties
Imperial, Inyo, Mono Counties
Kern County
Riverside, San Bernardino Counties
Pathway X and Pathway Tiered – ON & OFF Individual Exchange – EPO Tiered Network 
Los Angeles County
Orange County
San Diego County
San Francisco County
Pathway X and Pathway HMO – ON & OFF Individual Exchange – HMO Network 
El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo Counties
Fresno, Kings, Madera Counties
Los Angeles County
Orange County
Riverside, San Bernardino Counties
San Diego County
Santa Clara County
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Don’t see your doctor’s name? WAIT

Here in California, one cause of confusion and frustration is the lack of adequate information about which doctors and facilities are included on each insurer’s plan. The bottom line: that information was not ready for dissemination when the exchanges launched on October 1. 

I don’t know if this is true for other state exchanges but I assume that the problem may be widespread.

Covered California has announced that the  composite (all carrier) provider directory will be available on Monday, October 7, 2013

Anthem Blue Cross/ Blue Shield has a notice on the home page of its website that says that they are updating their online list of doctors and hospitals and that we should wait until “next week.”  An Anthem sales agent told me that “next week” might mean Tuesday, October 8th.  At least that is what the agents were told in a meeting.

Blue Shield of California doesn’t have any friendly notices on its website, but an agent confirmed to me last week that the directories for the new plans are not yet up to date.  Continue reading