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My Care My Choice / 17.10.2018

By Hilary Haycock, President

Navigating the health care system can be confusing for people who havehave both Medicare and Medi-Cal. With so many health plan choices, comparing benefits can be stressful and time-consuming. That’s why The SCAN Foundation, Harbage Consulting, and other partners created the web tool My Care, My Choice to help Californians who are eligible for both programs to discover their...

Insurance Markets / 24.09.2018

By Hilary Haycock, President and Lilly Clements, Junior Policy Consultant

Public programs are notoriously byzantine, and individuals who are trying to navigate across multiple public programs can face serious barriers to getting the care they need. California is one of 13 states operating a “duals demonstration” – or an initiative to provide more integrated care to individuals who have both Medicare and Medi-Cal (Medicaid in California) benefits (known as dual eligibles)....

Insurance Markets / 08.08.2018

By Molly Brassil, Director, Behavioral Health Policy and Carol Backstrom, Principal and Director, Delivery System Transformation

The State of California is midway through a five-year effort to dramatically expand, improve, and reorganize Medi-Cal’s system for treating people with a substance use disorder (SUD). Forty California counties are taking part in the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) pilot program under California’s Medicaid Section 1115 waiver, which was approved in 2015 and will run through 2020. ...

The Future of Medicaid / 22.07.2018

By Bethany Snyder, Director, Outreach and Communications; Tanya Schwartz, Director of Medicaid Policy; and Hilary Haycock, President

On July 1, the California Medicaid program launched its Health Homes Program, which provides a new set of health care services at no cost to beneficiaries with certain chronic health conditions and/or a serious mental illness. San Francisco County is the first county to roll-out the program, with 28 other counties implementing in two phases over the next year...

Insurance Markets / 27.06.2018

By Bethany Snyder, Director, Outreach and Communications

Pride month is a time to honor the achievements and contributions of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community. Marked by the Stonewall Riots in June of 1969, the month provides the opportunity to celebrate the unprecedented gains in LGBTQ equality, while also reflecting on the work left to be done....

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