Featured Policy: Coordinated Care Initiative

 

About 1.1 million low-income seniors and people with disabilities in California receive health care services through both the Medicare and Medi-Cal programs. These people are commonly called dual eligible beneficiaries or “dual eligibles.” California is home to the largest number of dually eligible beneficiaries. More than 10% or 100,000 African American seniors are dual eligibles. More than 220,000 of all dual eligible beneficiaries in Los Angeles County will be eligible to participate in California’s demonstration projects to coordinate Medicare and Medi-Cal. This demonstration project is called the Cal MediConnect program. No more than 200,000 will be able to enroll due to an enrollment cap in Los Angeles County.

 

If you have Medi-Cal, you are REQUIRED to choose a Medi-Cal Health Plan. The choices are LA Care or a partner plan like Blue Cross, Care 1st or Kaiser. For more information, call LA Care at 1(888)522-1298 or Health Net at 1(888)788-5395. If you do not select a Managed Care Medi-Cal plan, one will be selected for you and you will be automatically enrolled.

 

If you have Medicare part(s) A, B & D and Medi-Cal benefits you can enroll into the Cal MediConnect Plan, a Medicare/Medicaid plan to have all of your benefits coordinated by one plan. The choices are 1) LA Care Health Plan or a partner plan like Care More, Care 1st or Kaiser or 2) Health Net Health Plan.

 

To find out more information about the Coordinated Care Initiative and MediConnect, download our fact sheet. For the latest information about the Coordinated Care Initiative, go to www.calduals.org and click on “News and Updates.”

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African Americans have a long history and legacy of civic engagement. From Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) and Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) to mutual aid societies, the NAACP and community organizing, African Americans have been committed to creating political, social, educational and economic change through social and political civic engagement for centuries. It is in this same spirit that Advocates for African American Elders works to educate, strengthen and empower seniors to maintain the tradition of civic engagement and make it a cultural responsibility. To that end, AAAE provides education, advocacy, and information to African American seniors about important policies impacting their health and well-being.

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