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Dedicated to Improving Women's Health: Health Net of California Launches Innovative Web-based ''Women Matter'' Initiative

Submitted by: Health Net, Inc.

Categories: Human Resources & Diversity

Posted: Mar 25, 2002 – 11:00 PM EST


Mar. 25 /CSRwire/ - In a major effort to help improve women's health, Health Net of California, one of the state's largest health plans, now offers "Women Matter," a comprehensive information and support initiative dedicated to the promotion of women's overall health.

Women Matter is located at Health Net's Web site, www.healthnet.com, and is available to all health care consumers. In the coming weeks, Women Matter also will be offered by Health Net of California's sister company, Health Net of the Northeast.

The site's comprehensive health information can be searched by age group or topic, making it fast and easy to learn about the health issues and questions that matter most to women. The site covers such topics as pregnancy, menopause, heart disease, depression, and many others. It also offers a wide range of educational tools and resources on exercise, nutrition, specific medical conditions, preventive tests and screenings, parenting, and domestic violence.

"Women Matter gives women the information and resources they need to make informed and educated decisions about their care -- at whatever life stage they happen to be in," said Cora Tellez, president and chief executive officer of Health Net of California.

"What sets this initiative apart is the way it conveys important information on a highly personal level," Tellez said. "For instance, it has personal accounts of how women overcame health obstacles, and it has a no-nonsense explanation of the top eight excuses for putting off health screenings."

"Women Matter is woman-friendly," said Marcy Donley, Health Net's director of Health Improvement and Member Education, "It approaches issues from the woman's point of view. This initiative addresses matters of major importance in women's lives, helps them engage in healthy behaviors, and instructs them on where to seek help for their questions."

Women Matter also provides information on other Health Net of California resources for members, like its 24-hour nurse advice line, its Web-based fitness tracking program called Tour de Fitness, and the WellRewards and WellChoices discount programs for health- and fitness-related purchases and services.

Health Net of California, a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), is one of the largest network-model health plans in California, serving more than 2 million members statewide. It contracts with more than 44,000 physicians, nearly 400 hospitals and more than 4,300 pharmacies, giving its members greater choice and more convenient access to care. Its commercial and Medicare lines of business have received the "Commendable" accreditation status from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. For more information about Health Net and the Women Matter initiative, visit its award-winning Web site at www.healthnet.com.

For more information, please contact:

Brad Kieffer Health Net of California
Phone: (818) 676-7666


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