Gold Coast Health Plan’s Partnership with AmericasHealth Plan to End
Contact: Susana Enriquez-Euyoque
More than 9,000 Medi-Cal beneficiaries will return to Gold Coast Health Plan for administration of their benefits
CAMARILLO, Calif., March 30, 2023 – Gold Coast Health Plan’s (GCHP) partnership with AmericasHealth Plan (AHP) is expected to end on March 31, 2023, following a recent notification from Clinicas del Camino Real about its business decision to wind down operations of AHP, a wholly owned subsidiary. As such, GCHP will end its three-year subcontract with AHP after 18 months and transition the health care administration of more than 9,000 Medi-Cal beneficiaries back to GCHP on April 1, 2023. Member benefits and services will not be affected by the transition. Members who have an assigned primary care provider will be able to continue with that provider or select a new one.
The state Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), the regulatory agency that oversees GCHP, is reviewing the proposed transition plan. GCHP will begin notifying members about the health plan change by phone and mail immediately.
“We will be working closely with the leaders from Clinicas del Camino Real to ensure a seamless transition for these members and the providers who care for them,” said Nick Liguori, GCHP’s chief executive officer. “Our top priority is to prevent any interruptions to their care.”
GCHP announced its partnership with AHP on Sept. 13, 2021, for a pilot program that would give up to 10,000 of its members the option of choosing AHP as the administrator of their health care benefits. Members who were interested in participating in the program opted in by providing their written consent to GCHP.
Members who have questions about the transition can call GCHP Member Services at 1-888-301-1228, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those who use a TTY should call 711. Members can also call the Medi-Cal Office of the Ombudsman at 1-888-452-8609, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
About Gold Coast Health Plan
Gold Coast Health Plan proudly serves more than 250,000 Medi-Cal beneficiaries in Ventura County through its network of primary care physicians, specialists, behavioral health providers, and hospitals. Since it was founded in 2011, Gold Coast Health Plan has been committed to providing access to high-quality care and improving the health of its members, which include 1 in 3 county residents, 1 in 6 seniors, and 1 in 2 children up to the age of 5. To learn more, visit: www.goldcoasthealthplan.org.