CHA News Article

Report Examines Medi-Cal Managed Care Expansion in Rural Counties
Identifies state opportunities for leadership and monitoring the expansion

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) has released a report that offers a first look at implementation of the Medi-Cal managed care expansion into 28 California counties and identifies key issues and opportunities to help guide policy and program development. As of July 2014, more than 400,000 Medi-Cal members had joined Medi-Cal managed care health plans under the rural expansion. The report, titled On the Frontier: Medi-Cal Brings Managed Care to California’s Rural Counties, is based on interviews with a wide variety of stakeholders, as well as on document research.

It examines:

  • The unique characteristics of the health care environment in the rural expansion counties;
  • Managed care plan standards and how the relevant state agencies evaluate performance in rural areas;
  • How the counties and health plans have fared with regard to provider access; and
  • Indications from early data about key issues that will require state attention.

The full report is attached.