Preliminary findings are being shared with DHCS and our stakeholder advisory group and are being used to inform the next phases of the Medicaid expansion, including the transition of dually eligible beneficiaries and the implementation of the Low Income Health Plan. Findings will be publicly available by February of 2013.
Policy, Practice or Research Impacts:
This evaluation of California’s experience transitioning seniors and persons with disabilities to Medi-Cal managed care will help inform similar transitions in California and other states. Most immediately, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) plans to transition persons eligible for both Medi-Cal and Medicare to Medi-Cal managed care beginning in June 2013. The evaluation findings will allow the California Department of Health Care Services, Medi-Cal health plan administrators, and advocacy groups to identify and improve the most problematic aspects of the transition process, and to target outreach and education efforts to those populations most at risk of experiencing difficulties.
Health Research for Action / UC Berkeley School of Public Health
California Health Care Foundation; California Department of Health Care Services