California Healthline: Duals Demonstration Project Begins

by David Gorn The duals demonstration project launched last week in five counties, according to officials from the Department of Health Care Services, which is overseeing the project. Only one county has launched the automatic process — known as passive enrollment — that moves beneficiaries into new coverage. In San Mateo County, residents who are dually … Continue reading

LA Care: Download the New Advocates Guide to California’s Coordinated Care Initiative Today

The guide is designed for advocates and individuals who provide assistance to Dual Eligibles. The Advocate’s Guide to California’s Coordinated Care Initiative has been updated to reflect several recent changes, including the new Cal MediConnect implementation date of no sooner than April 1, 2014. Co-authored by the National Senior Citizens Law Center and the Disability Rights Education … Continue reading

California Healthline: Stakeholders Assess Delayed Duals Project

by David Gorn The Department of Health Care Services last week delayed the launch of its duals demonstration project. Cal MediConnect, previously scheduled to start Jan. 1, is now slated to launch no sooner than April 2014. Cal MediConnect aims to integrate Medicare and Medi-Cal services and funding for about one million Californians who are eligible … Continue reading

California Healthline: State ‘De-links’ Mandatory Enrollment from Duals Project

by David Gorn The Department of Health Care Services last week announced a new provision of Cal MediConnect that would establish a means of abandoning the state’s duals demonstration project  if it doesn’t meet a financial benchmark. The department also wants to “de-link” mandatory enrollment from the demonstration project, according to Jane Ogle, deputy director … Continue reading

California Healthline: ‘So Many Moving Parts’ To Fit Together

John William Springs, a retiree who gets nearly $12,000 a year in Social Security and disability checks, is $1,300 above the poverty threshold: officially, not poor.

by David Gorn The Department of Health Care Services announced this week that the Cal MediConnect duals demonstration project will not start until at least January, 2014, a delay from its previous expected launch date in October, 2013. Advocates for seniors’ health care yesterday praised the decision, saying the extra three months will go a … Continue reading

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