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Despite Errors, State Continues Enrolling Adults With Disabilities and the Elderly in New Health Program

Ben Rockwell is a 68-year-old retired nurse with Parkinson’s disease and a long list of other health problems. He has to juggle two government health plans to make sure he gets the care he needs, but over the past two decades, he’s gotten good at it.

That’s why when he became eligible to join a new state health program, called Cal MediConnect, he decided he would pass. Because he knew how complicated coordinating his health care was, he didn’t want to hand off the process to a managed-care plan.

But despite California regulations stating that he had the right to keep his existing coverage — and his best efforts to do just that — it was changed anyway.