Employer-sponsored health insurance plans
Considering your employer’s health plan options during Open Enrollment? Having a doctor you know and trust is key to maintaining your health.
With Dignity Health’s network of over 200 physicians and 100 physician locations, we want to be sure you can find care, when and where it’s convenient for you. With more locations throughout Santa Cruz County than any other provider, it's easy to find a doctor close by. We also offer virtual visits with your personal Dignity Health primary care physician (PCP) or specialist.
This Open Enrollment, be sure your plan includes Dignity Health physicians and hospitals.
How to enroll
- Review the plans offered by your employer and check to make sure they are accepted by Dignity Health. (see below)
- Find a Dignity Health primary care physician (PCP) that meets your needs.
- Enroll in your chosen plan based on your employer's instructions.
Dignity Health is proud to be offered through these health plans and provider networks*:
- Anthem Blue Cross
- Blue Shield
- Coventry/First Health
- Health Net
- HealthSmart (formerly Interplan)
- Networks by Design
*Benefits among health plans and employers vary. Please refer to your health insurance information for details and descriptions of your benefits coverage.
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.
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.
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.
A health insurance broker or agent is a person who can help you apply for help to pay for your health insurance and enroll in a health plan. They can make specific recommendations about which plan to enroll in based on your health care needs. They are licensed and regulated by states and typically get payments, or commissions, from health insurers and therefore, consumers do not pay for their services. Dignity Health offers a list of brokers here who provide enrollment assistance over the phone and in person.
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.
Open Enrollment comes just once a year. When you review your employer’s plan choices, make sure you enroll in a plan that allows you to select Dignity Health affiliated doctors—or to simply make sure your current plan does.