The year of 2022 started out with great promise for a return to some societal normalcy after years of the global pandemic only to see another major surge in cases, continued COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, inflation, more supply chain issues, a new U.S. Supreme Court, and a land war in Europe. For California’s health plans the public health emergency was extended deep into the year while many enrollees started to catch up on important health care services after deferring care due to provider capacity issues and restricted travel during the pandemic.
California also took big steps towards “Universal Coverage” in 2022 when Governor Newsom proposed and signed into law an expansion of state funded coverage for income eligible undocumented resident adults. The state of California finally rolled out significant portions of its ambitious CalAIM redesign of the state’s Medicaid program in partnership with managed care plans. Covered California went through a historic change of leadership and rolled out increased subsidies and broke enrollment records. The Department of Managed Health Care is implementing new laws expanding mental and behavioral health services and pursuing new initiatives around health equity.
California’s drive to improve health care data and health care affordability picked up steam with the creation of an “Office of Affordability” and continued drives to improve cost and quality and the exchange of clinical data.
California has dedicated enormous investments in health that will drive years of design, implementation, measurement and transformation.
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