Over 80% of all those in Medi-Cal (more than 10 million Californians) are enrolled in a managed care plan. Everyone in Medi-Cal, regardless of where they live or their managed care plan, should have the same opportunity to get timely, high-quality care. But today, access and quality of care varies widely within the Medi-Cal managed care system. 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.

This collection highlights research into the quality of care in Medi-Cal managed care and potential solutions that can be pursued by the Department of Health Care Services during the recontracting process with managed care plans to improve quality and reduce disparities.