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Medi-Cal, Healthy Families switch to new plan

Thursday, September 5, 2013
As of Sunday, 486 Siskiyou County children with Healthy Families insurance were moved to Medi-Cal. Also on Sept. 1, Siskiyou residents with Medi-Cal were transitioned to the new Partnership HealthPlan.  read more »

Health care changes arrive Sunday in North State

Thursday, September 5, 2013
“You’re expanding managed care as well as moving the Healthy Families children (to Medi-Cal),” said Michele Stillwell-Parvensky, policy and communications associate with the Children’s Defense Fund — California. “We’re definitely concerned that both of these very big health changes are going on at the same time.”  read more »

KQED - Despite Promises, Key Autism Therapy Cut from Medi-Cal

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
If you don’t have a child with autism, you might not know about Applied Behavioral Analysis. ABA is widely regarded as a necessary and effective treatment. Now many poor children will lose access to this therapy under deals reached in Sacramento last week. Meanwhile, other kids — including those who become insured under the state’s new Obamacare marketplace — may well continue to have access to this therapy.  read more »

California HealthLine - Plan for Autism Medi-Cal Benefit Rejected

Monday, June 17, 2013
The Legislature late last week voted to exclude one type of autism therapy  from Medi-Cal by reversing a previous decision to link it with the state's  essential health benefit package  read more »

New America Media - Governor’s Budget Deprives Vital Care to Autistic Kids on Medi-Cal

Friday, June 14, 2013
Low-income parents who have children with autism are angry that state lawmakers have passed a budget that will deprive their offspring of vital services to treat their condition.  read more »

San Francisco Chronicle - Vulnerable need protection in budget

Thursday, June 13, 2013
But before they start patting each other on the back, legislators and the governor shouldn't forget the health and well-being of two vulnerable populations of young people at risk of getting lost in the shuffle: former foster youth and (low-income) children with autism.  read more »

HealthyCal - On autism, state won’t follow its own edict

Thursday, June 13, 2013
When the state decided to transition low-income kids from state-subsidized private insurance — known as Healthy Families –to the state-run Medi-Cal program, families of children with autism were promised that their kids’ treatment would not suffer. But those families soon learned that one especially promising (but expensive) form of treatment was not going to be covered by Medi-Cal.  read more »

Capitol Weekly - Paying for autism therapies is morally right

Monday, May 6, 2013
California may think it’s saving big money by transferring children from Healthy Families to Medi-Cal, but it is missing the big picture.  read more »

New America Media - Supporters Sound Alarm Against Delay in Expanding Medi-Cal

Saturday, May 4, 2013
Supporters of health care reform once again sounded the alarm that California has only four to six weeks left to resolve budget issues that are hampering the timely rollout of Medi-Cal expansion, a key part of Obamacare’s implementation in the state.  read more »

California HealthLine - Managed Care Tax Decision Left Until New Budget Proposal Arrives

Friday, May 3, 2013
Distrust ran high yesterday during part of a budget subcommittee hearing when the subject turned to reinstitution of a managed care organization  tax. The MCO tax instituted in 2009 had the singular distinction of being embraced  by the ones being taxed because the money was matched by federal dollars and was  used to support the Healthy Families program. In the long run, health insurers  made their money back and the state had more federal dollars in its coffers.  read more »