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Launch of Ventura County’s New Medi-Cal Plan Delayed

On Thursday, the California Department of Health Care Services delayed from May 1 to July 1 the launch of Ventura County's restructured Medi-Cal managed care plan. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. The plan, which will be run by the Gold Coast Health Plan, aims to cover about 110,000 low-income and disabled residents who are covered by Medi-Cal. Officials delayed the launch of the plan because of concerns about the finalization of Gold Coast's provider network and the system's financial viability. The state also has asked Gold Coast to pursue contracts with one more hospital, more long-term care facilities and several more specialty physicians.

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