Quick Read: CMS Meets Deadline for Approving Healthy Families Transition
Advocates remain concerned that the transition is moving too quickly, but the federal government believes that — with changes it asked for in California’s plan — children will ultimately receive better care.
Tight up against the end-of-year deadline, CMS officials on Dec. 31 granted approval of California’s plan to move 860,000 Healthy Families children into Medi-Cal managed care programs. Federal officials asked for changes to the transition plan, including more frequent monitoring and evaluation of the transition to better ensure children are able to access primary care physicians under the new plan.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferisView all posts by Lisa Aliferis →