Medi-Cal covers more than 13 million Californians – making it the largest program of its kind in the nation. Health Access, Local Health Plans of California, and the Department of Health Care Services are pleased to present statewide community events to celebrate 50 years of Medi-Cal, the positive impact is has had on so many lives, and to honor the many communities and stakeholders that have contributed to its success.
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FAIRFIELD – Today, Partnership HealthPlan of California took a moment to mark a special milestone, Medi-Cal turning 50. Beginning in 1966, Medi-Cal provides health coverage to low-income families, children, pregnant women, and the disabled in California.
ORANGE, Calif. (September 20, 2016) — CalOptima is California’s top-rated Medi-Cal plan, according to the NCQA’s Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2016–2017. It is the third year in a row that NCQA has named CalOptima best overall in the state.
CalOptima received a score of 4 out of 5 — the highest score awarded to any Medi-Cal plan in California. Further, only 15 Medicaid plans of the 171 reviewed nationwide scored higher. The NCQA ratings are based on standardized, plan-reported data regarding health care quality and customer satisfaction.
As a long-time Binational participant, and a sponsor for each of the 2016 local events in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) is proud to host this inaugural kick-off. HPSJ this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. Many of our community partners engaged with Binational Health Week are long-time partners in the joint, ongoing quest to expand healthcare access opportunities for local families and communities.
To support healthcare providers as they care for the medical needs of transgender patients, Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) has assembled this exceptional training program with top specialists: Optimizing Transgender Health. In addition to invitations to HPSJ network providers in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, this offer to attend at no cost to participants is being extended to all interested medical personnel throughout the region.
(French Camp, CA) – Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) CEO Amy Shin has joined the executive committee of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), a national trade association representing 57 not-for-profit safety net health plans in 26 states, which collectively serve more than 17 million people enrolled in Medicaid (called Medi-Cal in California), Medicare, Marketplaces, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and other health programs. HPSJ is a long-time ACAP member and Shin also serves on the ACAP board of directors.
(French Camp, CA) – Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) staff have joined together to create and staff the latest installation in the Free Little Libraries movement. HPSJ staff donated quality children’s books. “The books are already flying off the shelves,” said HPSJ Health Promotions Manager Jenny Dominguez, who oversees the restocking of the donated books from HPSJ employees.
ORANGE, Calif. (August 4, 2016) — Community and health care leaders were sworn in on CalOptima’s Board of Directors today. The Orange County Board of Supervisors appointed six new members and reappointed one member to serve on the Board, which was reconstituted to have 10 seats, with nine voting members. The appointees’ terms end August 3, 2020.
(French Camp, CA) – Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) Medical Director Dorcas Yao, MD, has issued this advice: “When thermometers rise to ‘extreme heat’ levels, heat-related illness and even death can result. Everyone needs to take precautions. However, the most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and anyone with a chronic medical condition.”
The federal CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that we do the following:
(French Camp, CA) – San Joaquin County Director of Health Care Services Greg Diederich – chair of the San Joaquin Health Commission – has announced that the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has formally appointed John H. Zeiter, MD and County Administrator for San Joaquin County Monica Nino to the board of the Health Commission, the governing board of Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ).
CAMARILLO, Calif., July 25, 2016 – Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP) is celebrating its five-year anniversary on Friday with a fun event that will recognize the contributions of the Plan’s employees.
GCHP went live on July 1, 2011 with about 25 employees and 100,000 members; five years later, the Plan now has 185 employees and more than 207,000 members – growing from an intrepid startup to the well-managed business it is today.
ORANGE, Calif. (July 22, 2016) — The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) presented its 11th annual Supporting the Safety Net Award to Irvine-based Illumination Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving access to housing, education, health care and other resources for people in Orange County who are experiencing homelessness.
ORANGE, California (July 11, 2016)— CalOptima employees are dedicated to the mission of providing CalOptima members with access to quality health care, and now they have done even more. The CalOptima Employee Activities Committee (EAC) offered a scholarship essay contest to give members an opportunity to win a scholarship to fund their education. The contest was developed as part of CalOptima’s 20th anniversary celebration and was funded solely through fundraising activities conducted by the EAC
CAMARILLO, Calif., June 7, 2016 – Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP) has partnered with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the Ventura County Department of Public Health and Dignity Health’s St. John’s Regional Medical Center for a one-day event in Oxnard on Saturday to promote healthy living for the prevention and management of diabetes.
ORANGE, Calif. (May 31, 2016) —The CalOptima Regional Extension Center (COREC) achieved its goal to assist 1,000 local doctors implement and meaningfully use certified electronic health records (CEHR) with their patients. The milestone to attain 100 percent of COREC’s participating primary care providers meaningfully using CEHR is important, since it helps to reduce health care disparities and improve patient care for CalOptima’s Medi-Cal members that are low income, homeless and the working poor in Orange County.
(French Camp, CA) – San Joaquin General Hospital (SJCH) has now capped a decade-long journey to be recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as a Baby-Friendly Hospital. SJGH recently joined the only two other San Joaquin County hospitals to have earned this designation: Dignity Health – St.
CAMARILLO, Calif., May 23, 2016 – Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP) is sponsoring two programs under its newly created Alternative Resources for Community Health (ARCH) initiative. The goal of ARCH is to invest in the health and wellness of Ventura County through a number of incentives, expanded treatment options, and sponsorships. The ARCH initiative aligns with other factors besides clinical treatment including social, economic, and environmental factors which influence wellness.
Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, Calif., May 19, 2016 – CenCal Health, the health care program serving low-income residents of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, presented a Healthcare Innovation Award to Dignity Health at their board meeting on May 18.
In Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Merced Counties, 121,000 residents have gained Medi-Cal coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This increased coverage enables better health for many, but has also put new demands on provider capacity in an area already challenged by a shortage of health care providers.