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WEBINAR: California Coordinated Care Initiative Update

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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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Governor’s Budget is a Start But Doesn’t Go Far Enough for Poor Seniors

By | BLOG, HOMEPAGE, Uncategorized
In releasing his proposed budget today, Governor Brown recognized that too many seniors and people with disabilities living in our communities are living in poverty. But the proposals he offered provide only limited relief to those Californians struggling to afford rent, food, heat and other necessities. More action and bolder policies will be needed to lift seniors and people with disabilities out of poverty. California is a wealthy state with a strong economy, and a large budget surplus, but its benefits are not equitably distributed.  For low-income seniors struggling on fixed incomes, we can and must do more. Read More

WEBINAR: The California Coordinated Care Initiative: Consumer Protections and Benefit Package Summary – Advanced Training

By | CA Health Network Alert, WEBINAR
When: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 11 – 12 PM PDT

California is moving forward with the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), including the federally-approved dual eligible demonstration known as Cal MediConnect.  The CCI started on April 1, 2014, and is now underway in six counties including Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.

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County Specific D-SNP Fact Sheets for Advocates

By | Alerts, DUAL DEMONSTRATIONS, DUAL ELIGIBLES, Health Care

Dual Eligibles in a number of California counties who are currently enrolled in either Medicare Advantage Plans or certain Duals Special Needs Plans (D-SNPS) may see their plans change and/or may be subject to passive enrollment in Cal MediConnect, depending on a number of factors. The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released the new Duals Special Needs Plan (D-SNP) policy last summer for beneficiaries in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties, and more recently for Orange County.

To help advocates unravel the complex policy and better advise their clients, Justice in Aging developed a series of county-specific fact sheets summarizing for advocates how beneficiaries are impacted depending on the type of Medicare Advantage plan in which a beneficiary is enrolled.

Today, we are releasing the Orange County fact sheet for the first time, and rereleasing the other county-specific fact sheets.

Orange County
Los Angeles County
Riverside County
San Bernardino County
San Diego County
San Mateo County
Santa Clara County

WEBINAR: The California Coordinated Care Initiative

By | CA Health Network Alert, WEBINAR
When: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10 – 11 AM PDT

The California Coordinated Care Initiative: What Advocates Need to Know – Basics

The state of California is moving forward with implementation of the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), including the recently federally-approved dual eligible demonstration project, now known as Cal MediConnect. The CCI began on April 1, 2014, in some counties.

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WEBINAR: The California Coordinated Care Initiative

By | CA Health Network Alert, WEBINAR
When: Tuesday, March 23, 2015 11 – 12 PM PST

The California Coordinated Care Initiative: Consumer Protections and Benefit Package Summary – Advanced Training

California is moving forward with the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), including the federally-approved dual eligible demonstration known as Cal MediConnect. The CCI started on April 1, 2014, is now underway in five counties including Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.

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Coordinated Care Initiative Fix List: Updated March 2015

By | DUAL DEMONSTRATIONS, DUAL ELIGIBLES, REPORTS

REPORT - FIX LIST

Justice in Aging continues to monitor the roll out of California’s Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) through the CCI Fix List.  The Fix List tracks problems and related fixes and keeps advocates and others informed of the current state of CCI implementation in order to assist dual eligible beneficiaries who encounter problems during this important transition.

Justice in Aging has updated the Fix List to describe the most recent problems brought to our attention.  New issues identified since the prior publication of the CCI Fix List are bolded and marked with an asterisk.  Justice in Aging staff have discussed each problem with DHCS and CMS officials.  The list summarizes the remedial steps that both agencies report they have taken in response to each issue.

Senior Staff Attorney, Amber Cutler is testifying today before the Senate Budget Committee Hearing on CCI. The Fix List exists because the state moved too quickly into implementation, leading to confusion, poor consumer experience, and high opt-out rates. Our position is that for CCI to work as intended (improve care and save the state money) the state should focus more resources on improving care delivery, instead of on increasing enrollment. You can listen to the testimony here.

Beneficiaries who experience any of the Fix List problems or other CCI-related problems should contact the CCI Ombudsman for individual representation at (855) 501-3077 (TTY 1-855-847-7914).

Justice in Aging will continue to update the Fix List regularly and keep it posted here.

Advocate’s Guide on California’s Coordinated Care Initiative

By | Alerts, CA Health Network Alert, DUAL ELIGIBLES, REPORTS

July 2013 — The Advocate’s Guide to California’s Coordinated Care Initiative helps advocates understand the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), a new state program changing the way dual eligible beneficiaries and other seniors and persons with disabilities get their health care in eight California counties.

The guide includes a description of the CCI, information on whom the CCI impacts, how individual beneficiaries are impacted, why it is being implemented and when and where the program is taking place.

The guide, which will be updated as program rules develop and change, includes a pull-out table that an advocate can use to determine who the CCI impacts and how it affects beneficiaries.

The National Senior Citizens Law Center and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) coauthored the guide.