Aged, Blind, Disabled Moving Into Managed Medi-Cal

Last month, state officials began informing more than 380,000 aged, blind and disabled Californians receiving subsidized health coverage that they need to choose a managed Medi-Cal plan in the coming months. Mandatory managed care for this “high-touch” population of seniors and persons with disabilities (known as SPDs in the acronym-prone world of health care) is part of a sweeping Medicaid waiver negotiated last year between California and CMS.  Called California’s “Bridge to Reform,” the waiver will bring about $10 billion in federal funds over the next five years to invest in the state’s health delivery system and to help pay for changes required by federal health care reform.

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