California Healthline: Two UC Medical Centers Dropping Medi-Cal Managed Care Contract

by David Gorn

Health Net and two University of California medical centers agreed to sever ties on a Medi-Cal managed care contract. As of Jan. 1, that means roughly 4,300 patients will need to find new providers.

According to Health Net, letters announcing the change have been mailed to patients and they should be receiving the notices now.

The negated contract affects about 3,700 patients in Sacramento County and an additional 600 in San Diego County, according to Health Net officials.

On Friday, a group of residents and medical students at UC-Davis plans to submit a petition calling for reversal of the decision.

“What I’m worried about is, many of our patients have chronic conditions, and multiple chronic conditions, and I’m concerned about them suddenly not getting care,” said Alinea Noronha, a medical resident at UC-Davis who helped organize the petition effort.

“Many of these people are not going to have a doctor at the end of the month,” Noronha said. “And that’s a problem.”

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