L.A. Care launching new dual-eligible Medicare plan

L.A. Care, a publicly operated health plan in Los Angeles County, will offer a new Medicare Plus plan for dual-eligible beneficiaries, the insurer said Oct. 4. 

The plan will have no monthly premiums and $0 copays on certain prescription drugs, according to a news release. 

Dual-eligible members are Medicare beneficiaries who also qualify for Medicaid on the basis of income. The Medicare Plus plan will replace L.A. Care's previous dual-eligible plan, Cal MediConnect. 

"We are excited about this transition from our Cal MediConnect plan, which demonstrated the value of coordinated care for our dual-eligible members," L.A. Care CEO John Baackes said in the release.

The plan includes other supplemental benefits like allowances for over-the-counter medications and fitness benefits. 

 "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," Mr. Baackes said.

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