California Healthline: Duals Project Sign-Ups Hit Halfway Mark

by David Gorn

BREAKING NEWS: Advocates have dropped their effort to seek a preliminary injunction in federal court to halt the duals demonstration project, in part citing “procedural difficulties.”

The state has sent enrollment notices to almost half the 456,000 people eligible for California’s duals demonstration project. So far, about 36% have opted to be excluded, according to state officials.

Extrapolating on those numbers, if the rest of the eligible recipients of Medi-Cal and Medicare opt out at a 36% rate, it would mean roughly 300,000 Californians would be enrolled in new Medi-Cal/Medicare managed care plans.Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program.

That is not an official state number or estimate. Officials from the Department of Health Care Services, which is overseeing the Cal MediConnect duals demonstration project, could not speculate on how many people might enroll.

Continue reading here: http://www.californiahealthline.org/capitol-desk/2014/10/halfway-mark-in-duals-project-signups

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