ASA: Advocates are Key Players in States’ Dual Eligible Roll Outs

By Fay Gordon and Amber Cutler

Over the summer, for tens of thousands of low-income older adults and people with disabilities in California, the sight of a blue envelope in the mailbox signaled the beginning of a complete change in their healthcare services. Those envelopes contained a notice explaining how their enrollment in California’s dual eligible demonstration, known as Cal MediConnect, would change the way they receive their Medicare and Medicaid benefits. 

Dual Eligible Demonstrations Go Live

Older adults and people with disabilities in California are not alone. After several years of debate and design, implementation of the federal Financial Alignment Initiative, also known as the dual eligible demonstration, is live in California and four other states (Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia and Illinois). In these five states, people eligible for Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles) are being passively enrolled into managed care plans responsible for providing all of their Medicare and Medicaid services. More states will follow suit in the next 12 months.

The demonstrations offer…

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