The California Department of Health Care Services has announced its intent to award contracts to provide Medi-Cal benefits in the Central Valley region to a subsidiary of Woodland Hills-based Health Net Inc.

The contracts are to be awarded to Health Net Community Solutions, Inc. and the division will serve Kern, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare counties.

The company would serve as the commercial health plan in each of the four counties.

“We’re delighted the state intends to award us the four contracts,” David Friedman, vice president of State Health Programs for Health Net of California said in a prepared statement. “We are committed to collaborating with doctors and hospitals to help provide Medi-Cal beneficiaries with access to quality care.”

Health Net recently enrolled its one millionth member in its combined Medi-Cal and Healthy Families plans, cementing its role as California’s largest provider of those benefits, the company said. The company enrolls a total of 5.6 million individuals across the country in group, individual, Medicare, Medicaid, and military health plans.

Judy Temes