More than 15 million Californians rely on Medi-Cal, the state’s health care coverage safety net, for health insurance. Two-thirds of those on Medi-Cal are people of color and often live in communities with a lack of adequate health care providers. Without significant investments to support providers that deliver health care to California’s most vulnerable, millions living in rural and underserved areas are in jeopardy.
To maintain access to the high quality of care that all Californians deserve, the state must protect Medi-Cal funding and reject cuts in rates paid to doctors, hospitals, and others who care for Medi-Cal enrollees. Find out more in the attached issue brief.
CHA has developed the attached key messaging document to share the principles that guide our strategy related to Medi-Cal.
CHA has submitted comments to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on the draft Enhanced Care Management (ECM) and In-Lieu-of-Services (ILOS) requirements.
In the letter, CHA noted specific areas of concern. They include:
With the recent Food and Drug Administration approval of COVID-19 vaccines, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is seeking federal approval to help support delivery of the vaccine to all Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
Given the ongoing challenges associated with the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has decided to delay the full implementation of Medi-Cal Rx until April 1, 2021.
CHA has issued a detailed summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, of the Medicaid Managed Care final rule recently issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Earlier today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that revises Medicaid Managed Care and Children’s Health Insurance Program regulations intended to reduce state administrative burden and increase program flexibility. CHA provided written comments on CMS’ proposed rule in January 2019.
In advance of the transition of pharmacy services to Medi-Cal Rx starting on Jan. 1, 2021, the Department of Health Care Services recently launched a training registration application on the Medi-Cal Rx portal for Medi-Cal prescribers and pharmacies.