California Healthline: Mixed Bag So Far for Duals Program: Some Glad, Some Livid, Most Confused

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In a California Healthline report by Rachel Dornhelm, experts discussed the promise and pitfalls of the state’s rollout of Cal MediConnect, which offers 456,000 Californians who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal a new pilot program of coordinated care through a Medi-Cal managed care plan. The state is about halfway through the passive enrollment process and, so far, about a third of participants have opted out of the program.

The report includes comments from:

  • Kathryn Kietzman, research scientist at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research;
  • Kevin Prindiville, executive director of the National Senior Citizens Law Center;
  • Teresa Strauss and her dual-eligible mother Maria Salim from Los Angeles; and
  • Norman Williams, deputy director of public affairs at the Department of Health Care Services (Dornhelm, California Healthline, 10/08/14)

Listen to audio here: http://www.californiahealthline.org/insight/2014/mixed-bag-so-far-for-duals-program-some-glad-some-livid-most-confused

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