NAM and LAAAC: New State Program Enrolling 200,000 Medicare-MediCal Patients in L.A.

LOS ANGELES—A new California health care program for low-income seniors and people with disabilities promises for the first time to coordinate not only patients’ hospital and physician coverage, but also factors like healthy nutrition, access to transportation and social-support systems.

The World Health Organization calls these “social determinants of health” that are essential to patients’ well being, said Dr. Esiquio Casillas, regional medical director for Senior Services at AltaMed, a network of community clinics in Southern California.

The new program, called Cal MediConnect, is a pilot project under the federal Affordable Care Act in eight California counties. In the first three years it is targeting 450,000 people—almost half in Los Angeles County. 

It started enrolling eligible people April 1, on a voluntary basis and will fully take effect in Los Angeles on July 1. That’s when those who haven’t signed up will be assigned to one of five project health plans.

Medicare Not Enough

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  • LAAAC is managed by St. Barnabas Senior Services; Funded, in part, by Archstone Foundation.
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