CSAC Bulletin Article

Health and Human Services 10/26/2012

State Announces Initial County Transition Plan for Healthy Families Program

The state released the list of counties that will comprise the first phase of the transition of about 800,000 Healthy Families Program (HFP) children to Medi-Cal in 2013. 

The exact date of the transition is pending federal approval, but the 2012-13 Budget Act authorized the state to begin transitioning children as soon as January 1, 2013. The legislation outlined four phases, and the state has divided the first phase into A and B components. 

Phase A: Alameda, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Orange, San Mateo, and San Diego. There are 208,376 HFP beneficiaries in these counties. 

Phase B: Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Tulare, Sacramento, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Yolo, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. There are 185,714 HFP beneficiaries in these counties. 

A list of the phases and other details about the HFP transition to Medi-Cal can be found here. CSAC continues to participate in a number of stakeholder meetings related to the transition, including subgroups concerned with eligibility, access, behavioral health, and communications.

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