Calif. mistakenly tells 246K consumers to get new docs

California erroneously told 246,000 low-income consumers they would have to find new doctors next year under the state's expanded Medicaid program, reported Kaiser Health News and McClatchy DC News. The consumers affected are part of the state's "bridge to reform" program that was established to help transition 600,000 uninsured, poor Californians to the newly expanded Medicaid. "The whole key to the success is that people seamlessly transition to Medi-Cal," said Sean South, an associate director at the California Primary Care Association. "It is vitally important that we don't confuse them." Shortly after the California Department of Health Care Services (CDHCS) mailed inaccurate letters earlier this month, the agency sent out another letter explaining to consumers they won't lose access to their doctors or clinics, the article noted. CDHCS spokesman Norman Williams said the state made the mistake and would work hard to make sure it doesn't happen again. Article

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