CalPERS Blue Shield Members Can Now Use MCDH for Certain Outpatient Procedures Without $250 Co-Pay Requirement

FORT BRAGG, Calif. — November 16, 2011 — There’s good news for CalPERS Blue Shield members who reside on the Mendocino Coast. Notices are being mailed to these individuals announcing that because access to ambulatory surgery centers is limited in some areas, the usual $250 co-payment will not apply to members who reside in Mendocino County, effective October 1, 2011.

Outpatient procedures no longer subject to the $250 co-payment include:

• Upper gastrointestinal (GI) Endoscopy

• Lower gastrointestinal (GI) Endoscopy/ Colonoscopy

• Cataract Surgery

• Spinal Injection

“I am very pleased that the leadership of CalPERS has agreed with us that their members living in our rural area should not be financially penalized or forced to drive over one hour away in order to receive covered services that are available right here in our local community,” says MCDH Interim CEO Wayne Allen. “This is a win-win situation for CalPERS, our hospital and our community.”

For More Information

CalPERS members that have questions about this new policy should contact CalPERS at 800-334-5847.

About Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Mendocino Coast District Hospital is a 25-bed acute care facility licensed by the State of California Department of Health Services and accredited by The Joint Commission.  MCDH provides emergency, inpatient and outpatient services, and healthcare education to prevent, manage and treat chronic and acute conditions. The hospital is located on the California coast, approximately 160 miles north of San Francisco.