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Stanford Health Care Alliance

Stanford Health Care Alliance (SHCA) is a select network health plan in which Stanford Health Care physicians and affiliated providers in multiple specialties take responsibility for working together to carefully coordinate and deliver your care.

The SHCA employee-only coverage is available at no cost.

View detailed information about the Stanford Health Care Alliance

Basics  

Overview

The Stanford Health Care Alliance (SHCA) plan does not require you designate a primary care provider, but it is recommended to have one to coordinate your care.  While Aetna provides administrative support for the SHCA plan, members do not access the Aetna network.  SHCA is a separate, regional network of providers and facilities in the Bay Area.

You may visit any Stanford Health Care Alliance network doctor or hospital. Check the SHCA website for a list of in-network providers. Some services require prior authorization from your primary care physician.

There is no benefit if you see a Non-Network provider, except for emergency care or when clinically appropriate and prior authorized by Stanford Health Care Alliance.

Group #868025

Pre-Authorization Requirement

Pre-authorization from your primary care provider is required for the following services: Advanced Imaging (CT, MRI, MRA and PET); all electively scheduled inpatient admissions; all elective outpatient procedures (example- endoscopic procedures, arthroscopic procedures, epidural steroid injections, etc.); physical therapy; durable medical equipment; speech therapy.

PENALTY for not pre-authorizing: the services will be considered not covered by the plan and the member is responsible for the full amount of the service.

Office copay

$30 copay primary/$75 copay specialist

Deductible

No deductible

Out-of-Pocket Maximum

$3,500 per individual/$7,000 family

A single out-of-pocket maximum applies to all coverage under the plan, including medical and prescription drugs. (This will cover prescriptions and medical expenses at 100% once the out-of-pocket maximum is met.)

Preventative Care  

Physical exams for adults

100%

Physical exams for children

100%

Pap smears

100% (as part of the office visit)

Immunizations

100%

Travel immunizations not covered.

Well-woman visits 100%
Prescription Drugs  

Pharmacy (Retail)

Stanford Health Care Alliance uses the Aetna Network pharmacies:
$10 generic; $40 brand name; $100 non-formulary -- up to a 30-day supply

Non-Network pharmacy: Member pays co-payment plus 25% of billed charges

Fertility drugs covered at 50% (deductible does not apply); max benefit of $5,000 per lifetime

Mail order drug program

$20 generic; $80 brand name; $200 non-formulary -- up to a 90-day supply

Must use Aetna mail-order service

Birth Control Pills

Included in Prescription Drug benefit
 

Traveling Outside the U.S.

If you are enrolled in the SHCA plan, SHCA provides services in the greater Bay Area only. If you choose to remain in SHCA, you receive no coverage for routine services outside the service area.

SHCA provides “Emergency Care” coverage anywhere you may experience an emergency that is life threatening in nature. Contact SHCA to locate an approved facility for non-emergeny/non-life threatening medical services. 

To learn more about SHCA Emergency Care benefit:

  • Review the SHCA Summary of Benefits and Coverage

  • Call SHCA Member Care Services at (855) 345-SHCA (7422)

  • If you need to file a claim for emergency care received while overseas, contact SHCA to have an international claim form sent to you.