California Healthline: Advocates Want Duals Pilot Project Slowed

by Heather Mack, California Healthline Contributing Reporter

As the Coordinated Care Initiative prepares to launch the largest enrollment of one of its major programs, advocates for dual eligibles are asking state and federal officials to suspend automatic enrollment.

After repeatedly receiving reports that the enrollment process for Californians dually eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal has caused scores of complications, the National Senior Citizens Law Center has called on officials at the state Department of Health Care Services and at CMS to address a “fix-it” list before pushing ahead with the transition.

“Our main recommendation is that they just slow down,” said Kevin Prindiville, executive director of NSCLC, which submitted a 27-item list of problems associated with the Cal MediConnect program to the two agencies. “We have a huge number of people moving into this new program every month and we’ve seen some problems because the system is overloaded.”

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