The Bridge to Reform Waiver guided the state’s effort to prepare for implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Expansion of the Medi-Cal Program to thousands of new beneficiaries. California is now working to implement its plan for the Medi-Cal Program over the next five years. On December 30, 2015, the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved California’s 1115 Waiver Renewal, called Medi-Cal 2020. This waiver includes some significant changes to the health care safety net in California, which may provide opportunities for rural communities.
Opportunities particularly relevant to rural communities include:
- Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS)
- Drug Medi-Cal ODS Tribal Delivery System
- Whole Person Care Demonstration Pilots
For more information on the Medi-Cal 1115 Waiver, visit Insure The Uninsured Project (ITUP) for in-depth analysis and reports (click to access the external site).