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CalAIM Relaunch Webinar

January 14, 2021

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has announced a webinar on the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative. The webinar scheduled for Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm will be the relaunch of this initiative which was placed on hold in 2020.

CalAIM consists of both federal waivers and state-only proposals to simplify and streamline the Medi-Cal program, including county behavioral health, county social services eligibility functions, and initiatives focused on children, foster youth, and those who are homeless or incarcerated. The proposal builds upon prior successes in health care delivery, and proposes to provide more services and supports for patients with complex needs. Key goals of CalAIM include promoting whole person care, reducing program complexity, and modernizing systems.

CSAC, county affiliates, and other stakeholders worked closely with DHCS and provided comments on some of the individual proposals in this package. The webinar will review each individual components of CalAIM, including changes made to the original proposal based on stakeholder feedback.

Individuals interested in an overview of the CalAIM proposals and an opportunity to ask questions should register for the webinar, here.  For more information, please visit the CalAIM webpage.

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