Category: CalAIM


Senate Sub. 3 Examines DHCS Budget Items, Including CalAIM

The Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services today convened a hearing to examine proposed budget investments under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Today’s hearing included presentations from DHCS Director Will Lightbourne and State Medicaid Director Jacey Cooper, representatives from the Department of…

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LAO Issues Analyses on Medi-Cal Budget, CalAIM Financing

This week, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released an analysis on the state’s Medi-Cal budget for 2020-21 and 2021-22, as well as an analysis of California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) financing issues. Brief summaries of these reports are provided below: Medi-Cal Budget Analysis The LAO’s analysis assesses major adjustments to the Medi-Cal budget…

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CHPS Publishes Policy Brief on CalAIM and Justice-Involved Populations

California Health Policy Strategies (CHPS) recently issued a policy brief providing an overview of the California Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) implications for reentry and justice-involved populations. CHPS details the background of the Newsom Administration’s CalAIM proposal and discusses potential changes in health services delivery and financing for…

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LAO Issues Overview Report on CalAIM Proposal

This week, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) published a report providing an overview of the state’s California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) proposal, a sweeping set of reforms to expand, transform, and streamline Medi-Cal service delivery and financing. This week’s report from the LAO is the first in a series addressing different components of…

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DHCS to Hold CalAIM Overview Webinar on January 28

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will hold a webinar to provide an overview of the relaunch of the Newsom Administration’s California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative. The CalAIM initiative builds upon prior successes in health care delivery and proposes to provide more services and supports for patients with complex needs. According to…

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DHCS Delays CalAIM Implementation, Will Seek Extension of Section 1115 and 1915b Waivers

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on Wednesday announced via email it is postponing its California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) proposal implementation timelines in order to allow for the continued response to COVID-19. DHCS further indicated it plans to engage stakeholders and the federal government in both an extension of the existing Section…

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LAO Issues Report on Newsom Administration’s CalAIM Proposal

On Monday, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) published a report detailing the Newsom Administration’s sweeping California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) proposal to transform the state’s Medi-Cal program. The LAO’s report provides an overview of the primary components to be reformed through the CalAIM proposal, including: Increasing Focus on Medi-Cal’s High-Cost, High-Risk Enrollees – The…

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Newsom Administration Returns to CalAIM Name

One of the most well-received announcements in the Medi-Cal world this week was that Medi-Cal Healthier California for All would return to its original name, CalAIM. Recall last November, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released their multi-year proposal transform and enhance the Medi-Cal program, entitled California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM). However, the…

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Newsom Administration Renames CalAIM Initiative

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on Wednesday announced that is has renamed the multi-year reform initiative aimed at improving the health outcomes and quality of life for California’s population in Medi-Cal. Recall, DHCS released its formal proposal to incorporate several state innovations that have been successfully tested through California’s federal 1115 waivers…

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DHCS Issues Updates on CalAIM, Behavioral Health, and Pharmacy Initiatives

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently issued a series of updates related to CalAIM, behavioral health integration, and pharmacy services. CalAIM Stakeholder Process As you recall, DHCS recently revealed its California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) proposal, the multi-year initiative by DHCS to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of Medi-Cal…

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