How to Improve Medi-Cal
|June 11, 2010||Posted by ITUP under Blog||
California Healthline recently asked a group of experts and thinkers the following three questions:
(1) How can the Medi-Cal system be redesigned to not only deal with many more participants but to encourage a whole new portion of the state’s population to consider Medi-Cal as an option?
(2) For many potential new participants, the thick red tape associated with government programs may be a serious detraction. How can California streamline the process?
(3) In addition to expanding Medi-Cal, California will be setting up a health insurance exchange offering discounted and subsidized coverage for those who don’t qualify for Medi-Cal. Should the state create one screening process to handle both the exchange and Medi-Cal?
They got responses from:
* Alan Weil, Executive director, National Academy for State Health Policy
* Peter Cunningham, Senior fellow, Center for Studying Health System Change
* Lucien Wulsin and Cliff Sarkin, Director and Policy director, ITUP
* Micah Weinberg, Senior research fellow, New America Foundation
* Toby Douglas, Chief deputy director, California Dept. of Health Care Services
* Carmela Castellano-Garcia, President/CEO, California Primary Care Ass’n
* Jack Chou, President, California Academy of Family Physicians