One Organ Donor Can Save up to Eight Lives

“When a patient receives a transplant, it literally can make a

life-saving difference,” says registered nurse Marie Fernandez, who

serves as a specialty case manager with Health

Net of California, Inc. On any given day, Fernandez – along with a

team of several other Health Net specialty case managers – is

coordinating the care of dozens of members in need of organ transplants.

This volume isn’t surprising, considering that according to the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), there are currently more

than 113,000 people waiting for an organ transplant. With April

designated as National Donate Life Month by HHS, Health

Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT) is working to raise awareness regarding the

urgent need for organ donations and the benefits of becoming a donor, as

well as to clarify misinformation surrounding the subject of organ


Startling statistics

On its website,,

HHS shares startling statistics regarding the need for, and the benefits

of, organ donations, including:

Organ donation misconceptions

The shortage of organs available for transplantation is due, in part, to

misconceptions about organ, eye and tissue donation. On its website,,

Donate Life America, a nonprofit alliance of national organizations and

state teams committed to increasing organ, eye and tissue donations,

posts the following information:

Steps to becoming a donor

For those interested in becoming donors, Donate Life America recommends

taking these steps:

Those who receive organ donations are, understandably, extremely

appreciative. Health Net of California’s specialty case manager Marie

Fernandez – who coordinates the care of members waiting for transplants

– notes that after these patients receive their organ donations they

often say to her, ”Thank you, you saved my life.” As rewarding as those

words are to hear, Fernandez points out that the organ donor actually

most deserves those words of thanks.

About Health Net

Health Net, Inc. is a publicly traded managed care organization that

delivers managed health care services through health plans and

government-sponsored managed care plans. Its mission is to help people

be healthy, secure and comfortable. Health Net, through its

subsidiaries, provides and administers health benefits to approximately

6.0 million individuals across the country through group, individual,

Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly

referred to as “Part D”), Medicaid, U.S. Department of Defense,

including TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs programs. Health Net’s

behavioral health services subsidiary, Managed Health Network, Inc.,

provides behavioral health, substance abuse and employee assistance

programs to approximately 5.0 million individuals, including Health

Net’s own health plan members. Health Net’s subsidiaries also offer

managed health care products related to prescription drugs, and offer

managed health care product coordination for multi-region employers and

administrative services for medical groups and self-funded benefits


For more information on Health Net, Inc., please visit Health Net’s

website at

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