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Trying to save $1 billion on seniors’ health care could backfire
Orange County Register

About 1.2 million California seniors and people with disabilities are dual-enrolled in Medi-Cal and Medicare. Their care, however, is fragmented, as no single organization coordinates their services. The result: increased health care costs. Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to reduce those costs by $679 million in the next fiscal year by integrating the services of dual-enrolled Californians under a managed care plan. His idea, which was included as part of his January budget plan, calls for expanding a recently authorized coordinated care pilot project.

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