Managed Care in CA Series, Issue 1: Network Adequacy Laws (Revised May 7, 2018)

Executive Summary

Managed Care and California Series Issue 1: Medi-Cal managed care plans are capitated, meaning. they receive a set payment per enrollee per month in exchange for providing services. The plans contract on a “comprehensive risk” basis, which means they accept the risk of incurring a loss if they spend more on services than they receives through the capitated payments, but they will make a profit if providing services costs less than the payments. These arrangements give plans an incentive to limit coverage of services for their enrollees in order to maximize profits. Thus, strong legal protections are needed to ensure that enrollees have access to high quality, medically necessary services.

This Issue Brief on Network Adequacy in Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans was revised on May 7, 2018.

Related Content

For almost 50 years, the National Health Law Program has fought to expand access to quality health care to low-income individuals and underserved communities. Today we are pleased to launch a newly designed website for our future work to make health care a reality for all people. Please take time to peruse our new site, and sign up for our email updates to learn about us, watch the work we do, and become engaged.

Continue to site