California Healthline: If Duals Project Is Curtailed, Future Is Cloudy for Program for Frail Seniors
Some advocates and legislators are urging the state to extend the timeline for transitioning the Multipurpose Senior Services Program into managed care plans within the seven-county duals demonstration project.
The duals project, also known as Cal MediConnect, is part of the Coordinated Care Initiative that affects roughly two-thirds of the state’s duals population in seven counties — Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo and Santa Clara.
The duals are a frail, elderly and disabled population of Californians dually eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal coverage.
MSSP is a federal waiver program for some of the frailest Californians, to help them remain at home and keep them out of institutions such as nursing homes. The program would remain the same in MSSP sites outside of the seven-county demonstration project.