Over 80% of all those in Medi-Cal (more than 10 million Californians) are enrolled in a managed care plan. Variation in quality and access across plans, and by other factors such as race and ethnicity, means some enrollees are much more likely than others to get life-saving preventive care or essential treatment for chronic conditions.

In 2021 the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will begin the process of recontracting with Medi-Cal managed care plans (often referred to as procurement) and will also update its Comprehensive Quality Strategy. These are critical opportunities to use new financial incentives and oversight measures to improve quality and access to care for Medi-Cal members.

This collection highlights research into the quality of care in Medi-Cal managed care and potential solutions that can be pursued by DHCS.