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New Contract Means No Interruption Of Medi-Cal Services At Redding's Mercy Medical Center


Around 23,000 low-income Californians in Siskiyou, Shasta and Yolo Counties won’t experience an interruption in their medical care. That’s thanks to a contract agreement that was finalized this week between Dignity Health and Partnership HealthPlan of California.

The current contract was set to expire on Saturday. It could have caused a disruption for thousands of people in northern California who have Medi-Cal insurance, which Partnership HealthPlan administers.

Dignity Health is the parent company of Mercy Medical Center in Redding where many Medi-Cal recipients in the North State go to receive health care.

Spokespeople from both Dignity Health and Partnership HealthPlan confirmed the new contract agreement.

“With this renewal we anticipate that there will be no disruption for patients, and patients will be able to continue to visit their same doctor or facility for care,” Dignity Health officials wrote in a statement.  

“Dignity has been a valuable partner in providing care,” wrote Partnership HealthPlan CEO Elizabeth Gibboney, “We look forward to continuing that partnership.”

Partnership HealthPlan of California serves 14 Northern California counties. Residents of Shasta, Siskiyou and Yolo were the only counties in that area also served by Dignity Health.

Erik Neumann is JPR's news director. He earned a master's degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and joined JPR as a reporter in 2019 after working at NPR member station KUER in Salt Lake City.