California Healthline: Medi Cal

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  • Health Agency Opposes Bill To Create Children's Medi-Cal Advisory Panel

    A legislative proposal to create an advisory panel to look at children's health issues in Medi-Cal has an unusual opponent: the Department of Health Care Services.

  • Former Foster Care Youths Struggle To Enroll in Medi-Cal
    Many young adults in California who formerly were in the foster care system have faced challenges when trying to sign up for Medicaid, even though they are eligible for the program under the Affordable Care Act. As a result of such issues, some have been misinformed about their eligibility status or improperly placed on wait lists. KQED's "State of Health."
  • Medicaid Waiver Renewal Process Starts

    California health officials hope to include new shared-savings ideas in the next version of the state's Medicaid reform waiver. The current version, known as the "Bridge to Reform," expires next year.

  • Many Steps To Go Before Authorizing Autism Therapy as Benefit, State Says

    State officials said they were waiting for federal guidance before approving autism therapy as a covered Medi-Cal benefit. Now that CMS has issued that guidance, the state says it still needs more time to decide whether that's possible.

  • Calif. Officials Overstated Number of Medi-Cal Providers in 2013
    The California Department of Health Care Services has said that about 109,000 providers in the state participated in Medicaid during 2013, but the California Medical Association says there were only about 104,000 doctors licensed to practice in the state that year. DHCS said the list could have included deceased doctors, duplicated names and retired physicians. HealthyCal.

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