California Healthline: One-Quarter of Possible Participants Have Opted Out of the Duals Project

by David Gorn

About 50,000 Californians so far have enrolled in Cal MediConnect, according to figures released Monday by the Department of Health Care Services, which oversees the program.

However, about twice that number — a little more than 100,000 duals — have chosen to opt out of the program.

The duals demonstration project known as Cal MediConnect is targeting roughly 430,000 Californians in seven counties who are dually eligible for Medi-Cal and Medicare. So far 107,685 of them have asked to be excluded from the program. That’s about one-fourth of possible participants.

In contrast, 51,527 enrolled in the program as of Nov. 1.

The numbers can be a little confusing because the opt-out numbers seem so much greater than the opt-ins.

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