California Continues to Tweak Timeline for Duals Project


State health officials have dropped Alameda County and its 26,000 dual-eligibles from Cal MediConnect, California's demonstration project for Californians eligible for Medi-Cal and Medicare.

The timeline for Orange County was pushed back one month for automatic enrollment to start. Orange County had already been delayed to start no sooner than July 2015 because of federal concerns about the oversight readiness of the CalOptima health plan. Enrollment still will begin in July 2015, but passive enrollment -- in which beneficiaries are automatically enrolled if they do nothing -- now will not begin until August 2015.

(David Gorn,, 11/17/2014)