Too many older adults with complex health issues face multiple obstacles to getting the care and support they need. There are nearly three million Californians over age 50 who struggle to make ends meet while also facing significant health challenges. These adults, who get their care through Medi-Cal and, in some instances, Medicare, describe themselves as being in fair or poor health, and two-thirds report a disability due to a physical, mental, or emotional condition.
As a result of fragmented financing, administration, and delivery of services, both within Medi-Cal and between Medi-Cal and Medicare, these adults often face major challenges getting the care and supports they need to live safely, independently, and with dignity at home or in whatever setting can best meet their needs and wants.
CHCF is launching new work that will support equitable policies and programs to simplify, standardize, integrate, and monitor care for older adults with low incomes and complex needs, with the goal of providing care that is responsive, coordinated, comprehensive, and supportive of health and well-being.