Advocates say thousands of children with autism in California could lose their providers or experience delays in treatment as the state shifts to Medi-Cal managed care.
With undocumented immigrant children able to get full Medi-Cal benefits starting in May, the state legislature will turn its attention to the more controversial idea of offering the same coverage to their adult counterparts.
A new study says poor and violence-prone neighborhoods are a significant contributor to childhood trauma and a threat to the mental and physical well being of their residents.
The endorsement of the California Association of Health Plans is key to a deal that would allow the state to avoid major budget cuts by taxing managed care plans.
Several insurers have endorsed a proposal for a new $1.1 billion tax on managed care organizations, which would end months of negotiations.
Officials in Sacramento may have undercounted the number of kids who will be newly eligible for full Medi-Cal coverage starting in May — and that means their care could cost the state more than it has estimated.
The authority of the Department of Managed Health Care in California’s dual-agency system has grown in recent years. The agency now regulates 88 percent of the commercial market.
An innovative new approach in Oakland combines low-income housing and a health program for seniors.
Enrollment of undocumented children in full Medi-Cal coverage is expected to begin May 15 and be retroactive to May 1. But parents are being urged to start the process now.
California spends generously so schools can help disabled children with behavioral problems, but a recent audit found that no one knows exactly how the money is spent or if it is working.