California Healthline: Duals Project Schedule Unchanged

by David Gorn

Californians in three counties eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal will soon start to receive 60-day notices in the mail moving them into managed care plans as part of the state’s Coordinated Care Initiative.

A coalition of advocacy groups for seniors and the disabled asked federal and state officials to temporary halt California’s duals demonstration project in seven of the eight pilot counties.

So far, state officials have not responded to that request and the project remains on schedule.

The state’s duals demonstration project aims to coordinate care and financing of care for the estimated 1.1 million Californians eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal. The plan calls for the state to automatically enroll almost half of them — about 456,000 — in managed care plans over the next few months. Unless beneficiaries specifically opt out, they will be moved into the program in a process known as passive enrollment.

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