Pushing Limits

pushing limits – November 30, 2012

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Managed Care: California’s Dual Eligibles & Medicare
People receiving MediCal are required to use a managed care plan for
health care. Now, California
is sending another quarter of its poorest and most vulnerable citizens
into the for-profit system.
Those whose health care is paid for by both Medicare and MediCal, the
so-called dual eligibles, are
being hustled down the road toward managed care.

Many see this as a state-mandated nightmare. And, there are many
affected who, for better or
worse, know nothing about it yet. Today, we’re going to pull apart the
strands of this knotty topic
and let you know what is coming, how dangerous (or harmless) it is, and
what you can do to help
protect yourselves and your loved ones.

Michelle Rousey, Advisory Committee Chair, Alameda County Public
John Stansbury, Administrator, California IHSS Consumer Alliance. (CICA)

Plus, in just a week on December 7, the national period for Medicare open
enrollment closes for
another year. We talk to retired teacher, Jean Blake, one of the
millions who are faced with the
difficult decision of choosing a health care plan in the swamp of
complicated and over-lapping

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