California Gets Federal Nod to Coordinate Care for Most Vulnerable Patients

Mar. 30, 2013 / By

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New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram and Paul Kleyman

Photo: Arsenio I. Jimenez, MD, examines patient at Sacramento’s Molina Medical Clinic. (Courtesy of Molina Healthcare)

SACRAMENTO – California became the fifth and largest state this week to win federal approval for a new plan aimed at improving care for almost a half-million of the state’s most vulnerable patients.

Called Cal MediConnect, the new three-year demonstration program initially will enable the eight counties to pool funding and resources for so-called “dual-eligibles,” lower-income people who qualify both for federal Medicare and the federal-state Medi-Cal program for the poor (California’s name for Medicaid).

In announcing the program Wednesday in a teleconference from Sacramento, California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley, said the triple aim of Cal MediConnect is to provide enrollees with “better care, better health and at lower cost.”

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