Question: I read … that Blue Shield has significantly reduced its doctor network (shrunk around 50%) and excludes the UC system (UCSF, UCLA) for their ACA/metallic/exchange plans. Those UC medical centers are available to me in my current non-grandfathered plan … If I am unable to keep my existing non-grandfathered plan, how do I keep my existing network?
Answer: Blue Shield refers to it’s existing PPO network as the “legacy” network. Your description of the new Shield individual network is accurate. Members on non-grandfathered plans can keep their plans with legacy networks until the next plan renewal date. Small Group plans will continue with the legacy network. Incidentally, Covered California says it will have a consolidated (all carriers) provider directory on their website on October 1st.