Ventura County is going to pursue a plan to expand its in-house HMO insurance plan.
County Supervisors today approved a request by the Ventura County Health Care Plan to apply for the opportunity to offer coverage through the California Health Benefit Exchange.
The plan currently covers more than 20,000 county employees, as well as some people in a government Healthy Families program.
County officials say they want to be able to provide coverage to people in the county who don’t have private insurance, and are ineligible for Medi-Cal coverage.
Tens of thousands of people fall into this category, and are already being served by the county, so officials say inclusion in the county’s HMO could make it more efficient.
County officials say it would allow them to keep thousands of patients they already serve.
The state still has to approve the County Health Care Plan’s request to be a part of the online exchange, which is planned to start operation next year.