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California housing advocacy organization says its work is proof that Community Supports will benefit health care system

| Jun 22, 2022 | California

CalAIM’s Community Supports will result in reduced hospital admissions and increased cost savings for Medi-Cal, according to data from the Illumination Foundation (IF).     CalAIM Community Supports include several housing-related services, such as housing transition navigation services, housing deposits, and short-term post-hospitalization housing. IF, a non-profit specializing in providing...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Les Ybarra, Anthem

| May 18, 2022 | California

In furtherance of its implementation of CalAIM Community Supports, Anthem is developing a data analytics engine to identify health disparities within its patient population, says Les Ybarra, President of Anthem's California Medicaid Plan. The plan is focused on partnering with local organizations to connect members to Community Supports services.  ...[ Read More ]

SPUR will continue advocating for permanent medically supportive food and nutrition Medi-Cal benefit

| Jan 28, 2022 | California

With the roll-out of CalAIM initiatives underway, one of the key items on the menu of optional Community Supports (formerly known as In Lieu Of Services (ILOS)) that are meant to improve whole person health for Medi-Cal enrollees, is medically supportive/medically tailored meals.     Organizations like the San Francisco...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Asm. Waldron's health priorities, Aetna & Community Supports, HCBS data gaps

| Dec 28, 2021 | California

This is the last California "5 Things" newsletter of 2021. What a year it has been—everyone inside and outside of the health policy space faced numerous challenges this year as the pandemic continued to disrupt "normal" life. From our team to you, thank you for all of the work you...[ Read More ]

Aetna CEO says covering all CalAIM community supports will be challenging but worth it

| Dec 17, 2021 | California

The DHCS “strongly encouraged” managed care plans to elect to offer some or all of the 14 pre-approved community supports under CalAIM, formerly known as In Lieu of Services. Aetna Better Health of California has announced they will be covering all of them.     The community supports will be...[ Read More ]