Which health insurance company is the best option for you and your family? Compare Kaiser Permanente and Anthem side by side.
After the war ended the shipyard workforce fell from 90,000 to 13,000. Only 12 of 75 medical group providers remained. On July 21, 1945, the Permanente Health Plan opened to the public to continue the health care delivery set up by Kaiser and Garfield. In 10 years, more than 300,000 people enrolled in Northern California with the support of two unions, the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union and the Retail Clerks Union.
In 1953, the name of the health plan and the hospitals were changed from Permanente to Kaiser Permanente. Even today, there are ties between the nonprofit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals and the Permanente Medical Groups.
In 2004, WellPoint Health Networks Inc and Anthem, Inc. merged and became the nation’s leading health benefits company. In December 2014 WellPoint Inc. changed its corporate name to Anthem, Inc. The Anthem companies offer health care plans and related services like dental, vision, behavioral health, life insurance and disability insurance benefits as well as long-term care insurance and flexible spending accounts. Anthem has about 40 million members and is ranked 33rd on the Fortune 500.
Which health insurance company is better? We've made it easy to compare companies side by side. See how Kaiser Permanente and Anthem ranked among the industry ratings.
|Medicare Star Rating||5 stars (out of 5)|
|NAIC Complaint Index||0.36% for group health||0.30% for individual health insurance|
|Market Share Percentage||6.3|
The Kaiser Permanente app allows users to find doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies, view claims, and pay your bill. They also offer an app called Humana Pharmacy which helps you to manage your prescriptions.
The Anthem Medicaid app is only available to policyholders in 5 states. Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Virginia. The app allows users to find doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies, view claims, pay your bill, and manage your prescriptions.
|Kaiser Permanente Mobile App|
|Anthem Mobile App|
Each state has its own marketplace. If you’re not sure where to begin, visit https://www.healthcare.gov/. You can also schedule a personal appointment with a local Kaiser Permanente Medicare specialist: 1-866-973-4588.
Anthem is available through the health insurance marketplace or you can get several free quotes with SmartFinancial. Each state has its own marketplace. If you’re not sure where to begin, visit https://www.healthcare.gov/.
To submit claims for reimbursement, contact member services at 1-888-901-4636. Otherwise, you should be covered except for copay. If you need reimbursement for Medicare Part D prescriptions, you must use the Member reimbursement drug claim form (PDF). For all other prescriptions (non-Medicare and Medicare without Part D) you must use this Prescription claim form (PDF).
Make sure you use the claim form from your benefit plan because each type is different. You’ll need to get procedures codes from your doctor’s office. File the paperwork within the time limit. Include pre-approval if it’s needed.
Target Pharmacy is now CVS, so yes, for an initial prescription you are covered. However, if your health plan benefits include a prepaid prescription drug plan, you must use a Kaiser pharmacy to obtain drugs at plan prices.
Kaiser Permanente is available in California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Oregon, Virginia and Washington D.C.
To search for a doctor according to the insurance they accept visit here. There are over 8,000 internists and over 7200 family doctors and thousands of specialists who accept Kaiser Insurance.
Kaiser Permanente offers different coverages to different people, depending on the plan. Kaiser focuses on prevention as well as taking care of existing conditions. You can sometimes see a specialist without a referral from a primary care doctor.
Check out our full list of common questions about Kaiser Permanente.
The complaint ratio on individual health plans are lower than complaint ratios on group health plans. Both fall below the average number of complaints compared with other carriers.
Anthem is a trusted medical insurance provider which serves millions of Americans. Complaint ratios, however, tend to be a bit higher than average on group insurance plans.
Like most health care plans, Anthem has an annual flat-dollar deductible you must meet before your plan begins to pay your medical expenses.
Anthem offers health insurance as a Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliate.
Check out our full list of common questions about Anthem.
|Kaiser Permanente Contact Info|
|Address||1 Kaiser Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612|
|Phone||1 (510) 271-5910|
|Anthem Contact Info|
|Address||220 Virginia Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46204|
|Phone||1 (800) 331-1476|
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