South Bay Area Employees Have a New Choice for Health Coverage

July 10, 2018

Western Health Advantage is pleased to announce that its expansion into Santa Clara County and the rest of San Mateo County will be effective on September 1 for large groups and October 1 for small groups. The provider network for this expansion is Canopy Health. The partnership between WHA and Canopy Health, which is owned by physicians and hospitals, gives members access to a network of quality providers, world-renowned specialists and coordinated health care.

“This expansion is an exciting opportunity for WHA because it expands our access to businesses in the Bay Area,” said Garry Maisel, president and CEO of Western Health Advantage. “Canopy Health’s providers and hospitals are part of an accessible and transparent network in the Bay Area. With WHA’s partnership, this is an attractive new option for those choosing a health plan because it connects them with quality health care in the communities where they live and work.”

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Bay Area Employees Have New Choice for Health Coverage
Western Health Advantage Expands Service Area with Canopy Health Agreement

July 19, 2017

Bay Area employers will have an opportunity to receive outstanding healthcare at an affordable cost, thanks to a new agreement between Canopy Health and Western Health Advantage. HMO benefit plans for employer group health coverage from Western Health Advantage (WHA) will offer access to the Canopy Health alliance of providers and hospitals effective January 1, 2018, subject to regulatory approval.

Canopy health is a physician- and hospital-owned healthcare alliance with more than 4,000 participating physicians and 13 hospitals and numerous urgent care centers located across seven Bay Area counties (Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, and San Mateo). WHA members will be able to select their primary care physician from a large list of reputable providers within the Canopy Health network of medical groups and then have referral access to any of Canopy’s more than 3,000 specialists regardless of medical group affiliation. Collaborative care and innovative member technology is the core focus of the new healthcare alliance at Canopy Health.

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Western Health Advantage Welcomes CalPERS
Local health care plan opens to members of the California Public Employees' Retirement System

June 21, 2017

Western Health Advantage (WHA) has been accepted by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) to offer health coverage to CalPERS members during open enrollment in September, with coverage starting in January 2018. WHA has created a dedicated team to provide personalized customer service for CalPERS members, with knowledge specific to state and public agency employees.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to offer health plans that meet the needs of CalPERS members,” said Garry Maisel, CEO, Western Health Advantage. “We believe our business model of emphasizing choice and flexibility, value and customer service makes us an attractive option when choosing a health plan for 2018.”

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Western Health CEO Maisel Awarded President’s Medal for Distinguished Service

May 20, 2017

Western Health Advantage Chief Executive Officer and President Garry Maisel is the 2017 recipient of the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service from Sacramento State.

Maisel received the honor from Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen at Sacramento State’s commencement ceremony on May 20 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

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Western Health Advantage Named Healthiest Employer in Region

April 27, 2017

Western Health Advantage is the top-ranked Healthiest Employer in the “small” company category (150-499 employees), as chosen by the Sacramento Business Journal.

To win this award, a company must demonstrate innovation and leadership in its wellness programs and be in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo or El Dorado County. WHA and other finalists in companies of every size were recognized at an awards luncheon on April 27th.

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WHA Sponsors Team at the 2017 Sacramento Undy Run/Walk

February 18, 2017

On February 25th, Western Health Advantage (WHA) will be raising awareness about colon cancer by participating as a sponsor and as a team – WHAtch Your Tushie – in the 2017 Sacramento Undy Run/Walk put on by the Colon Cancer Alliance.

Last year, Sacramento was one of 24 cities nationwide to hold an Undy Run/Walk, and this February we will be hitting the streets in our boxers or briefs for this family-friendly event.

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WHA Supports Sacramento’s Santa Parade

December 3, 2016

Western Health Advantage is excited to support the 33rd annual Santa Parade, being held Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 10 a.m. in downtown Sacramento. The parade route goes around Capitol Park.

The parade is a hometown tradition for spectators and participants alike and we delight in sharing it with the community. We invite you to take part in this fantastic event that supports the Gifts to Share organization, founded to help Sacramento area children's arts programs.

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Join WHA at the Run to Feed the Hungry!

November 10, 2016

On Thanksgiving morning WHA members and their families will be joining WHA staff and employees as we make up a team participating in the largest Thanksgiving Day run in the country.

This event typically has about 30,000 participants! Sponsored by WHA, all proceeds from the Western Health Advantage 23rd annual Run to Feed the Hungry benefit Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

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Now’s the Time to Sign Up for Health Insurance

October 30, 2015

Starting November 1, California residents who cannot get health insurance through their employer will be able to shop and enroll in a number of health insurance plans through Covered California, California's health benefit exchange.

WHA plans for 2016 will be among those available during Covered California’s open enrollment period. Whether you are currently uninsured or already enrolled in a Covered California plan, this open enrollment period is offered to all who are eligible for Covered California.

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Western Health Advantage CEO Launches Blog

September 4, 2015

Western Health Advantage President and CEO Garry Maisel has launched a new blog to discuss the latest trends and industry insights regarding health plans in California.

In his LinkedIn blog, Maisel shares insights from his extensive experience in the health plan industry and life in general, using humor at times spliced with practical advice as he ponders present and future challenges with health care.

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Western Health CEO Maisel named board chair of CA health plans

December 11, 2014

Maisel takes over from Blue Shield of California CEO Paul Markovich. The chairman position is a two-year position at Sacramento-based CAHP.

 “Our work is not done. During my chairmanship, I look forward to improving upon our newly transformed health care system, continuing to lower our uninsured rate and addressing underlying costs that threaten the long-term affordability of health care,” said Maisel.

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Western Health Advantage Wins Best Place to Work

October 23, 2014

Western Health Advantage won first place at the Sacramento Business Journal’s annual Best Places to Work 2014 awards luncheon.

“I believe that people like to work here because they like the people they work with,” said Garry Maisel, Western Health Advantage President and CEO.  “They feel like they contribute. They believe their contributions are acknowledged, that is really the heart of it.”

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WHA Wins Healthiest Employer

April 25, 2014

Western Health Advantage tied for first place in the small company category at the Sacramento Business Journal’s annual Healthiest Employers awards luncheon.

This is the second year that Western Health received top honors. Eight companies won top honors as the region's most health-conscious employers at the Sacramento Business Journal's Healthiest Employers awards.

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Top NCQA Plan Ranking

October 22, 2013

Western Health Advantage was the only California health plan to receive 4 out of 5 for “Consumer Satisfaction”

Western Health Advantage was recently ranked third place among California health plans by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Private Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-2014.

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Receives Best Place to Work Award

October 16, 2013

WHA was recognized at the Sacramento Business Journal's annual Best Place to Work 2013 awards luncheon.

Western Health Advantage had 100 percent participation in the Quantum survey.

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Western Health Launches New Website

October 4, 2013

Visitors will find extensive resources and an enhanced user experience at

The new website provides quick and intuitive access to health plan benefits. The new site also includes an enhanced healthy living section featuring a library of recipes and wellness materials

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Broad Provider Network Available to All Members

October 3, 2013

Searchable Provider Directory at

WHA’s broad network of more than 3,200 doctors and specialists, six regional medical groups and 14 medical centers and hospitals in Northern California is available to all WHA’s members regardless of product category

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Western Health Advantage rated Excellent Health Plan by NCQA

September 25, 2013

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognized Western Health Advantage (WHA) as an excellent health plan among commercial HMOs.

“We are very proud to again receive NCQA’s highest status accreditation for service and clinical quality, which underscores our dedication to the delivery of quality health care,” said Don Hufford, M.D., Western Health Advantage, Chief Medical Officer.

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WHA Offered in SHOP

August 1, 2013

Western Health Advantage Offered to Small Businesses in Covered California’s SHOP

Covered California, the state’s Health Benefit Exchange Marketplace, announced today that Western Health Advantage (WHA) is one of the health plans to be offered in the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).

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Covered California Selects Western Health Advantage

May 23, 2013

Western Health Advantage to Offer Individual Coverage in New Marketplace

Covered California, the state’s Health Benefit Exchange Marketplace, announced today that Western Health Advantage is one of the health plans to be offered in the new individual health coverage marketplace.

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Receives Healthiest Employer Award

April 23, 2013

Western Health Advantage won top honors.

The Sacramento Business Journal’s annual Healthiest Employers awards luncheon announced Western Health Advantage as the winner of the Healthiest Employer Award.

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Most Stars of any Health Plan in CA According to State Survey

March 27, 2013

Western Health Advantage Receives the Most Stars

The newest HMO Report Card, released today, by the California Office of the Patient Advocate gave Western Health Advantage the most stars of any health plan in California.

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Expands Coverage to North Bay

September 14, 2012

Western Health Advantage soon to be available in Marin, Napa, and Sonoma county

WHA is finalizing discussions with a regional network of physicians and hospitals with the intention to begin offering health coverage to local employers, their families and individuals on January 1, 2013.

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Health Coverage for Individuals

June 1, 2012

Individual health plans that offer choices and flexibility

WHA, a leader in the health insurance market for over 15 years, announced today that it will begin offering a full range of plans to individuals in the Sacramento-Solano region.

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WHA Holds Good Financial Strength Rating

March 28, 2012

A.M. Best Co. recently affirmed the financial strength rating of B+ (Good) of Western Health Advantage. The outlook for this rating is stable.

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