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UC Blue & Gold HMO to replace Western Health Advantage

Members of Western Health Advantage will be automatically enrolled in UC Blue & Gold HMO if they don’t take action during Open Enrollment. 

If you have Western Health Advantage and want to be in a different plan, make the change during OE.

Starting in 2020, UC will no longer offer the Western Health Advantage health plan for employees, retirees, and their dependents. However, for the overwhelming majority of people enrolled with WHA, there should be no changes needed or action that needs to be taken. Current members will be automatically switched to the UC Blue & Gold HMO plan through Health Net—though they can opt for a different plan—and nearly all enrollees will stay with their selected health provider group.


  • If you want to preserve your access to NorthBay Healthcare, you should consider one of the Anthem Blue Cross PPO plans (CORE, UC Care, UC Health Savings Plan).
  • The UC Blue & Gold HMO mental health network is called MHN (Managed Health Network).

View full details of the switch to UC Blue & Gold HMO on the Benefts webpage, including an FAQ answering:

  • What is changing?
  • Why is UC Davis making this change?
  • Who will be affected by this transition?

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