Fragile, Rural Population to Be Moved Into Medi-Cal Managed Care

Next month, state health officials will launch a transition of rural Medi-Cal beneficiaries into Medi-Cal managed care health plans. The transition involves about 20,000 of the most frail and elderly segment of the rural Medi-Cal population.

Next month, state health officials will launch a transition of rural Medi-Cal beneficiaries into Medi-Cal managed care health plans. The transition involves about 20,000 of the most frail and elderly segment of the rural Medi-Cal population—seniors and persons with disabilities.

"Most of them have a disability or high levels of functional impairment," said Carrie Graham, assistant director of research at the University of California, Berkeley's Health Research for Action. "They have multiple chronic conditions, they need a lot of specialty care, they have a lot of prescriptions, they need medical equipment and supplies."

They're people who are on a precarious medical ledge—poor people with big medical needs, no Medicare benefits, and a whisper-thin web of cobbled-together providers and services. It's the type of population that has a hard time with transitions, Ms Graham said.

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Source: California Healthline