Important Notice: Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital In-Network Rates May Expire Soon



TO:         Fresno Unified School District Employee Health Care Plan Participants in PPO Plan Options A and B

DATE:     August 24, 2019

Recently, the Joint Health Management Board (JHMB) of the Fresno Unified School District was informed that Anthem Blue Cross (Medical Plan Vendor for Plan Options A and B) is currently in late-term contract negotiations with Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (collectively “Stanford”). It is possible that these negotiations may result in the termination of the in-network benefits at these two facilities for Plan Options A and B participants effective September 1, 2019.

In-Network Rates May Expire in September 2019

The current Stanford contract with Anthem Blue Cross is set to expire on August 31, 2019. Should this contract expire before an agreement is reached, the services at the facilities will be considered out-of-network (i.e. resulting in higher member costs) the day following the contract expiration.

Stay Tuned for More Information

As more information becomes available about this situation, we will do our best to inform our affected plan participants in the timeliest manner. The most up-to-date information can be found at the JHMB’s website ( Until these situations are resolved, if you have any questions regarding services at these facilities we ask you to contact the following representatives:

  • Anthem Blue Cross: You may contact Anthem Blue Cross at the contact information located on the back of your medical plan card.
  • Stanford Health Care: Stanford Health Care staff is available to answers your questions and address your concerns at (650) 723-4000.
  • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford: The staff at LPCHS is available to answers your questions and address your concerns at (650) 497-8000.

The Joint Health Management Board strives to ensure its members are informed and responsible health care consumers. Though this situation is out of our control, we will do our best to keep you informed as it progresses. We will continue to manage and maintain the highest quality health and wellness benefits on behalf of the District’s employees, retirees, and their families.

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