With new and extended benefits under Medi-Cal, more low-income patients are seeking behavioral health and substance abuse services. Ensuring that these services are available when and where patients need them will be a challenge, but is also critical to achieving the type of whole-person care our safety net should strive for. This report reinforces the need to connect and simplify the systems that serve our state’s most vulnerable patients and show us that while significant impediments - including cultural and language barriers - remain, none of them are insurmountable.
Safety-Net Hospital Systems Transformation in the Era of Health Care Reform Experiences, Lessons, and Perspectives from 13 Safety-Net Systems Across the Nation
This report looks at experiences, lessons, and perspectives from 13 safety-net systems across the nation. While the ACA offers support to meet historical challenges, the rapidity of change has forced many systems to make difficult decisions to remain viable in this new era. These efforts offer significant lessons for California’s safety net settings and those in other states across the country.