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Briefing — Medi-Cal at a Crossroads: What Enrollees Say About the Program

This Sacramento briefing explores the results of a survey of more than 1,000 Medi-Cal enrollees — the largest of its kind. Presenters examine their experiences and attitudes to illuminate where the program excels and where improvement is needed.

According to a survey by the California Health Care Foundation, most Medi-Cal enrollees have a favorable view of this essential health coverage program. However, barriers to access and enrollment exist.

If upheld by the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act could add two to three million people to the Medi-Cal program, potentially exacerbating the issues raised by enrollees.

CHCF hosted a Sacramento briefing that explores the results of this survey of more than 1,000 Medi-Cal enrollees — the largest of its kind. Presenters examined the experiences and attitudes of enrollees to illuminate where the program excels and where improvement is needed.

They also discussed implications of the findings for state lawmakers and program officials who are considering ways to slow the growth of Medi-Cal spending as they prepare to integrate millions of new enrollees. A series of short videos offer individuals' reflections on their experiences with Medi-Cal.

Agenda

12:00 - Welcome and Overview: Chris Perrone, deputy director, Health Reform and Public Programs Initiative, CHCF

12:15 - Introduction of Speakers and Micro-Documentaries: Jamie D. Brooks, program officer, Health Reform and Public Programs Initiative, CHCF

12:25 - Presentation of Survey Findings: Tresa Undem, partner, Lake Research Partners

12:55 - Reactor Panel:

  • Elizabeth Landsberg, director of legislative advocacy, Western Center for Law and Poverty
  • Len Finocchio, associate director, California Department of Health Care Services

1:15 - Discussion

1:50 - Closing Comments

A complete video of the briefing and the presentation slides are available below. The complete survey report and the videos featured at the event are also available.

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