Chiang Blasts Plan To Shift Seniors to SCAN Health Plan
On Tuesday, state Controller John Chiang (D) sent a letter to Department of Health Care Services Director Toby Douglas urging him to recover funds from the Senior Care Action Network Health Plan before shifting formerÂ adult day health careÂ beneficiaries to the health plan. A previous investigation by Chiang's office found that SCAN Health Plan had received about $339 million in improper payments from Medicare and Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program, since 2001. DHCS plans to transition thousands of seniors who no longer will receive ADHC services as a result of the state's new budget to SCAN. Chiang wrote, "Prior to allowing SCAN to participate in the enrollment and placement process, ... the department should first take all actions necessary to ensure recovery of the overpaid amounts."
- "Health Plan That 'Fleeced the State' Stands To Grow" (Jewett, California Watch, 8/17).