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What if I wish to change "primary care physicians" or what if my physician does not renew his or her contract with the HMO?

Contracted providers have the option of not renewing their contracts by providing advance notice to the HMO. Generally, contracts are not renewed because a physician is retiring, relocating outside of the HMO's service area, or changing the nature of his or her practice (e.g., from primary care to specialty care). Because HMOs allow members to select another primary care physician from among those who are available to care for new patients, State employee members will not be allowed to disenroll from an HMO outside of an open enrollment period due to a need to select another available primary care physician.