CalAIM Explained: A Five-Year Plan to Transform Medi-Cal
California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) is a far-reaching, multiyear plan to transform California’s Medi-Cal program and to make it integrate more seamlessly with other social services. The goal of CalAIM is to improve outcomes for the millions of Californians covered by Medi-Cal, especially those with the most complex needs. This fact sheet includes a high-level overview of the plan's details.
New & Noteworthy
In Their Own Words: How Fragmented Care Harms People with Both Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder
Susan Anthony, Rebecca Catterson, Suzanne Campanella
Behavioral Health, Homelessness & Health Care
CHCF commissioned interviews with 54 people enrolled in Medi-Cal who are dually diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorder. The paper and accompanying videos highlight what is working — and not working — for them in the health care system.
The Medi-Cal Maze: Why Many Eligible Californians Don’t Enroll
Michele Cordoba, Brenda Lee, Marian Mulkey, Terri Shaw
This qualitative research was designed to better understand what prevents eligible Californians from enrolling in Medi-Cal and to identify ways to make the program even more accessible to the population it is designed to serve.
Seeking COVID Justice Through Policy Change
September 13, 2021
Health Equity, Homelessness & Health Care
Public Health Advocates, a California organization that advances policies to reduce health disparities, created an initiative to respond to the deep-rooted inequities brought into focus by the pandemic.
CHCF & Podcasting
A good podcast immerses you in an intimate conversation while engaging your curiosity. Since 2019, CHCF has supported projects that feature the diverse perspectives of patients and families, clinicians, and others as they seek to navigate our difficult health care delivery system.
The Financial Impact of COVID-19 on California Hospitals: January 2020 Through June 2021
Glenn Melnick, Susan Maerki
Health Care Costs
While hospital utilization fell dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, California's hospitals still recorded nearly $3.5 billion in net revenue in 2020, with Medi-Cal providing the greatest revenue increase.
2021 Edition — California Employer Health Benefits
Heidi Whitmore, Jennifer Satorius
Workers in California are shouldering more of the costs for their health benefits, paying both a larger share of premiums and higher deductibles and copays. California Employer Health Benefits: Are Workers Covered? presents data from the 2020 California Health Benefits Survey.
Medi-Cal Behavioral Health Services: Demand Exceeds Supply Despite Expansions
Blue Sky Consulting Group
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
This paper is the second of two cross-site analyses drawn on insights from the seven publications in the 2020 Regional Market Report series. It explores factors contributing to behavioral health access issues, including workforce shortages and the complexity of the Medi-Cal system for behavioral health services. It also highlights efforts to improve and integrate services to Medi-Cal enrollees.
2021 Edition — Medi-Cal Facts and Figures
Len Finocchio, James Paci, Matthew Newman, Blue Sky Consulting Group
Medi-Cal, Coverage Trends
Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program, is the state’s health insurance program for Californians with low incomes, including children, people with disabilities, and seniors. Get the latest data on this program, which covers one in three Californians.
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