Press release

Local Health Plans’ Statement on Federal Approval of CalAIM
The state's major transformation to improve and expand Medi-Cal services is set to begin next year

Sacramento, CA – On behalf of the Local Health Plans of California (LHPC), a group representing 16 of the not-for-profit local health plans that serve more than 70 percent of Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal managed care, CEO Linnea Koopmans offered comment on today’s announcement that the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has received federal approval of its California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) proposal: 

“These critical federal approvals cement CalAIM and clear the path for the launch of the program’s first components in the New Year. For years, local plans have initiated pilot programs and community-based initiatives that marry social supports with Medi-Cal’s robust health and medical benefits. CalAIM allows us to bring those to scale and offer more comprehensive care to enrollees. We believe through CalAIM we can address long-standing disparities to support equity and better health for all.

“The January launch of CalAIM kicks off a multi-year transformation of Medi-Cal, shifting to a broader focus that encompasses greater health and social supports to better ensure social determinants of health are addressed alongside access to quality medical care for Medi-Cal’s almost 14 million enrollees.”

About LHPC

Local Health Plans of California (LHPC) is a statewide trade association that represents all 16 of the not-for-profit, community-based health plans that provide access to critical and comprehensive health care services for low-income populations enrolled in California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal. With over 8 million enrollees in the state, our plans serve over 70 percent of all Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Our member plans cover more lives than 49 other states’ entire Medicaid programs.

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