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.
To us at Justice in Aging, there’s nothing controversial about affordable, accessible health care for all people as we age. Five years ago today—on March 23, 2010—the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law by President Obama. The law is working and continues to improve health care quality and access. It’s easy to forget that the improvements we now take for granted were not around just a few years ago. On its fifth birthday, we’re remembering to celebrate five things that are better today because of the ACA.
November 2013 –The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will afford millions of uninsured individuals with healthcare coverage through the expansion of Medicaid and the creation of state healthcare exchanges.
A new NSCLC issue brief, Medicaid Expansion in California: Opportunities and Challenges for Older Adults and People with Disabilities, provides an overview of these new coverage options and how they impact seniors and people with disabilities. The brief also explores how people receiving coverage under Medicaid expansion and exchanges will transition into Medicare coverage when they turn 65 or otherwise become eligible.
The brief is designed to help both advocates and policymakers understand how new coverage options impact seniors and people with disabilities. The brief will help advocates better prepare to serve their clients and communities. Policymakers are provided a set of both short-term and long-term recommendations on how to ensure smooth transitions between new coverage options and Medicare.
While the issue brief focuses on how these issues play out in California, much of the information is relevant to advocates and policymakers in other states as well. NSCLC is excited to work with stakeholder in all states to ensure that the promise of the Affordable Care Act is fulfilled for low-income seniors and would welcome the opportunity to explore these issues in your state.