LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Health Net, LLC announced the appointment of Kerri Balbone as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Health Net of California and California Health & Wellness. She brings twenty-five years of broad-based experience in the healthcare industry to the company, spanning multiple facets of business operations and development. Most recently, Balbone served as COO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California, where she drove operational entrance into the California market, as well as service expansion and other accomplishments.
“We’re thrilled to add an executive with Kerri’s experience and accomplishments to the Health Net leadership team,” said Brian Ternan, President and CEO, Health Net of California and California Health & Wellness. “In her new role, she will lead and provide strategic oversight of our key operational areas to ensure excellence and disciplined growth as Health Net continues to transform the health of our communities, one person at a time.”
During her long tenure at United Healthcare, Balbone held a variety of leadership posts, including National VP of Provider Experience & Network Services and National VP of Provider Relations. Her prior experience includes more than a decade of service at Oxford Health Plan where she earned a series of promotions in the company’s technology, operations, network development and medical affairs departments.
In addition to a career in an industry dedicated to helping others, Balbone also believes in the value of public service. Balbone recently began serving as a Public Safety Commissioner for the City of West Hollywood, California. She is also an active volunteer with the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the Los Angeles Foodbank.
Balbone replaces Bob O’Brien who is retiring after a thirty-seven year career as a healthcare executive, including the last two and a half years as COO of Health Net.
About Health Net
At Health Net, we believe every person deserves a safety net for their health, regardless of age, income, employment status or current state of health. Founded 40 years ago, we remain dedicated to transforming the health of our community, one person at a time. Today, Health Net’s 3,000 employees and 85,000 network providers serve more than 3 million members. That’s nearly 1 in 12 Californians. We provide health plans for individuals, families, businesses of every size, people with Medicare and people with Medi-Cal — Coverage for Every Stage of Life™. Health Net also offer access to substance abuse programs, behavioral health services, employee assistance programs and managed health care products related to prescription drugs. We offer these health plans and services through Health Net, LLC and its subsidiaries: Health Net of California, Inc., Health Net Life Insurance Company and Health Net Community Solutions, Inc. These entities are wholly owned subsidiaries of Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), a Fortune 100 company providing health coverage to more than 20 million Americans. For more information, visit HealthNet.com.
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