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CalPERS Members - Choose an Insurance Plan that includes Dignity Health

Dignity Health has more physician locations across Santa Cruz County than any other provider, so it’s easy to find a doctor close by. We also offer virtual visits with your personal Primary Care Physician or specialist.

We take pride in establishing long-lasting, trusted relationships with our patients, and collaboration is at the core of all we do.  Our renowned physicians, specialists and world-class, full-service hospital provide the most comprehensive care in the Monterey Bay area and we are committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, health services for all.

So this year during Open Enrollment, make sure you're getting the most out of your relationship with your doctor. Choose a health plan that connects you to Dignity Health.

How to enroll

As a CalPERS member you have many health plan options. Having a doctor you know and trust is a key part to maintaining your health. This Open Enrollment, be sure your plan includes the largest health system in Santa Cruz County.

Signing up for insurance is easier than ever. Here are three simple steps to enroll.

  • Select an insurance plan accepted by Dignity Health
  • Find a Dignity Health Primary Care Doctor that meets your needs.
  • Enroll in your chosen plan based on your employer’s instructions. 

Dignity Health is proud to be offered through these HMO health plans:

  • Anthem Select
  • Anthem Traditional
  • Blue Shield Access+
  • Blue Shield Trio 
  • Health Net SmartCare
  • UnitedHealthcare Signature Alliance

Because health plan and network information may change, we recommend confirming your choice is available in your area by contacting the health plan's customer service number listed on their website.

Our Wellness Center promotes better health for you and the community.

The Dignity Health Wellness Center at Dominican Hospital opened in July 2021, and is committed to supporting our patients’ pursuit of wellbeing that goes beyond an illness or infirmary. We recognize the strong relationship between our lifestyle habits and our health. Our state of the art facility offers a wide range of health, wellness and rehabilitation classes, both in-person and virtual, for people of all ages and abilities. And we are staffed with a team of highly skilled clinical specialists – exercise physiologists, registered dieticians, registered nurses and respiratory therapists. 

As an additional benefit to our patients, we have taken the step to integrate referrals to the Wellness Center into electronic medical health record. This allows physicians and other primary care providers to have a direct link with Wellness Center staff, allowing for immediate communication regarding programs, individual progress and outcomes.

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Frequently asked questions

Open Enrollment is a time of year when you can sign up for health insurance. Additionally, you may qualify to enroll if you have a qualifying life event, like losing coverage through your employer.


September 19, 2022 - October 14, 2022


A primary care doctor helps you to manage your health. Common services include regular physical exams, prescribing medications, treating minor illness and injuries, managing chronic conditions, and screenings for common health problems.


Should you need specialized care, your primary care doctor can expertly guide your next steps, and connect you to the right specialist. There are five main types of primary care doctors: Family medicine doctors for the whole family; internal medicine-pediatric doctors for preventing and treating diseases, pediatricians who specialize in children, internal medicine doctors who care for adults, and OB-GYNs for adult women.


Choosing and building a relationship with one of these doctors can help you live a healthy lifestyle based on your individual needs.


One type of health insurance is not better than the other, but there are differences. With an HMO plan you will choose a Primary Care Provider (PCP), who will coordinate the care you need for any specialists. Services are all provided through physicians and facilities in the health plan's HMO network. With a PPO you may also choose a PCP, but you will not need a referral to see another physician. It will usually cost less to see in-network physicians than an out-of-network physician. Whether you are considering an HMO or a PPO, you can check which doctors, medical groups, hospitals, etc. are in the network before you enroll.

*Benefits among health plans and employers vary. Please refer to your health insurance information for details and descriptions of your benefits coverage.

Dignity Health is not a health insurance company. Dignity Health is a provider network of more than 60,000 caregivers and staff who deliver excellent care to diverse communities in hospitals, physician offices, and other types of care centers in 21 states. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is the fifth largest health system in the nation and the largest hospital provider in California.

Talk to your HR department or Health Benefits Officer about enrolling in a plan that allows you to select Dignity Health affiliated doctors—or to simply make sure your current plan does.


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