California Healthline: Legislators Question Duals Program Implementation at Oversight Hearing

by David Gorn

State legislators yesterday expressed concerns about the state’s readiness for an April 1 rollout of the duals demonstration program, the central component of the Coordinated Care Initiative.

During a joint hearing of the Senate Committee on Health and the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, legislators asked pointed questions of state health officials managing the program.

“This is a complex and ambitious task,” said Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), the hearing co-chair. “We want to know what needs to be done, and how to make sure that, first and foremost, we do everything we possibly can to make this transition as smooth as possible.”

Leno referred to previous state transitions of seniors and persons with disabilities to managed care plans and said he didn’t want rocky results this time around.

“I think we all have to admit there have been … bumps in the road,” Leno said.

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