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WEBINAR: California Coordinated Care Initiative Update

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When: Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at 11:00 AM PT

California’s Coordinated Care Initiative has been in effect for three years. This webinar, California Coordinated Care Initiative Update, will provide an update on the status of the program, cover recent changes the Department of Health Care Services has implemented, and summarize the evaluations of the program to date.

This webinar will accompany the release of the Advocates Guide to California’s Coordinated Care Initiative Version 6.

You can find Version 5 of the Advocates Guide as well as other CCI training and education materials here. To read up on recent changes, check out the CCI Advocates Alert from August 2017. Past Advocates Alerts can be found here.

Presenter: 
Amber Christ, Justice in Aging

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 11:00 a.m. PT.

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Fact Sheet: Open Enrollment for 2018 Coverage through Medicare & Covered California

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Here’s what older adults need to know about this year’s Open Enrollment periods for both Medicare and Covered California.

Open Enrollment

Fall is open enrollment time for both Medicare beneficiaries and enrollees in Covered California purchasing coverage in 2018.

Justice in Aging’s California open enrollment fact sheet reveals who is impacted by fall open enrollment, covers critical dates for each group, and provides key information on actions to take to ensure continuous coverage.

Key Facts:

  • Medicare Part C and Part D enrollees should review their coverage options each year as Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plans can change their cost-sharing, provider networks, and drug formularies.
  • Medicare’s open enrollment period is from October 15-December 7, 2017.
  • Covered California open enrollment is from November 1-January 31, 2018.
  • Open enrollment periods have been extended for victims of natural disasters like the California wildfires.

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California Lawsuit Aims To Protect Spouses Of Disabled From Financial Ruin

By | CA Health Network Alert, IN THE NEWS, In-Home Supportive Services, Long Term Care, Medicaid, Nursing Homes | No Comments

California Healthline: California Lawsuit Aims To Protect Spouses Of Disabled From Financial Ruin (7/10/2017) Justice in Aging, along with partner advocacy groups, filed a lawsuit against the State of California for failing to implement a Medicaid federal spousal impoverishment law meant to protect patients and their partners from becoming impoverished while paying for in-home care. Plaintiffs seek to compel the State of California to implement the law back to January 1, 2014, to notify individuals who potentially were eligible for the protections of their rights, and to reimburse them for any out-of-pocket expenses they paid that should have been free.

Fact Sheet: Denti-Cal for Adults

By | CA Health Network Alert, FACT SHEET, Oral Health, REPORTS | No Comments

In May 2014, dental benefits were partially restored for adult Medi-Cal recipients and are delivered through the Denti-Cal program. Unfortunately, many Medi-Cal recipients do not know they have dental coverage. Those who do know they have coverage often do not know what treatment they can obtain and have a hard time accessing benefits.

This new fact sheet, Denti-Cal for Adults, explains the basics of Denti-Cal coverage, how to access benefits, and provides a summary of what benefits are covered.

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WEBINAR: CCI Advocate’s Guide Version 5

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When: Thursday, October 6, 2016 11:00 a.m. PT

California’s Coordinated Care Initiative has been in effect for over two years. This webinar provided an update on the status of the program, covered recent changes the Department of Health Care Services has implemented, and summarized the evaluations of the program to date.

This webinar accompanied the release of the Advocates Guide to California’s Coordinated Care Initiative Version 5.

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Durable Medical Equipment: The Basics for California Advocates & Consumers

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Justice in Aging has produced two new Fact Sheets for advocates and consumers: The first, for advocates, Durable Medical Equipment: The Basics for California Advocates,  offers definitions for DME, coverage levels by insurance type, and includes steps advocates can take to help clients access DME depending on their insurance coverage. The second, for consumers, Durable Medical Equipment: What You Need to Know, also offers definitions of DME and simple instructions for consumers on how to get DME covered based on which insurance they have. Both fact sheets include a section of troubleshooting tips for common difficulties encountered when accessing DME.

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Cal MediConnect Deeming and Aid-Paid-Pending

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Most individuals with full Medicare and Medi-Cal coverage are eligible to enroll in a Cal MediConnect plan. When a beneficiary loses full-scope Medi-Cal coverage, she also loses eligibility for Cal MediConnect.

  • What happens when your client loses eligibility for Cal MediConnect?
  • Is there a grace period to reestablish eligibility?
  • What are Cal MediConnect deeming and aid-paid-pending? How are they different?

Justice in Aging, with the support of the SCAN foundation, has prepared this fact sheet to help you learn some of the details of two Cal MediConnect eligibility protections: deeming and aid-paid-pending.

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WEBINAR: The California Coordinated Care Initiative: An Update Two Years into Implementation

By | CA Health Network Alert, DUAL DEMONSTRATIONS, DUAL ELIGIBLES, WEBINAR | No Comments
When: Thursday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. PST/5:00 p.m. EST

California began implementation of the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), including the federally-approved dual eligible demonstration known as Cal MediConnect, in April 2014. The CCI is now underway in seven counties including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.

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WEBINAR: The California Coordinated Care Initiative: Consumer Protections & Balance Billing

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When: Monday, November 16, 2015 11 – 12 PM PT

California is moving forward with the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), including the federally-approved dual eligible demonstration known as Cal MediConnect. The CCI started in April 2014 and is now underway in seven counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.

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WEBINAR: The California Coordinated Care Initiative: An Update One Year into Implementation

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When: Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 11:00 a.m. PDT

California began implementation of the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), including the federally-approved dual eligible demonstration known as Cal MediConnect, in April 2014. The CCI is now underway in seven counties including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.

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