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L.A. Care Launches L.A. Care Medicare Plus, a New Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan

Monday, October 3, 2022

The New Plan Offers Complete Care with Increased Access to Social Services

LOS ANGELES — L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly operated health plan in the country, is announcing today the launch of its new L.A. Care Medicare Plus plan, with enrollment beginning October 15 and coverage beginning January 1, 2023. L.A. Care Medicare Plus, a dual eligible special needs plan (D-SNP), offers complete care that coordinates benefits for members eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal benefits. 

“We are excited about this transition from our Cal MediConnect (CMC) plan, which demonstrated the value of coordinated care for our dual eligible members,” said John Baackes, L.A. Care CEO. “L.A. Care Medicare Plus will build upon the lessons learned in CMC and will help our members gain access to resources like housing and food.”

In addition to $0 monthly plan premiums and $0 copays for certain prescriptions, L.A. Care Medicare Plus will offer many other benefits at no cost, like care managers, an over-the-counter allowance of up to $150 every three months for approved items, a companionship benefit, a fitness benefit, and 24/7 customer service. There is also a 24-hour Nurse Advice Line, acupuncture, chiropractic and therapeutic massage treatments, meal delivery after a hospital discharge, vision care and much more. 

“Our Cal MediConnect members will be automatically transitioned into L.A. Care Medicare Plus, to ensure continuity of care for our members with their trusted providers,” said Baackes. “Of course, we expect to gain new members who learn about the health plan’s expansive network of providers and the many benefits and services L.A. Care is offering.”

The complete and coordinated care being offered by L.A. Care Medicare Plus will ensure our members receive the high quality care that L.A. Care has been providing for more than 25 years. L.A. Care Medicare Plan’s emphasis on addressing the social factors that impact health illustrates L.A. Care’s commitment to advancing health equitywhich means everyone has the fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

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About L.A. Care Health Plan

L.A. Care Health Plan serves more than 2.7 million members in Los Angeles County, making it the largest publicly operated health plan in the country. L.A. Care offers four health coverage plans including Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Covered™, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and the PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan, all dedicated to being accountable and responsive to members. As a public entity, L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for L.A. County's low-income communities, and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose. L.A. Care prioritizes quality, access and inclusion, elevating health care for all of L.A. County. For more information, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.


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