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California Latino Legislative Caucus Sponsors Briefing on Medi-Cal Access and Civil Rights

On Monday, April 11, 2016, Catha Worthman, alongside co-counsel Miranda Galindo from MALDEF and Abbi Coursolle from NHeLP, as well as Dr. Janet Coffman, Associate Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine, and Christina Romero, Legislative Director for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, will participate in a policy briefing co-sponsored by the California Latino Legislative Caucus and SEIU-UHW. Panelists will discuss the civil rights violations raised by the federal complaint against California’s Medi-Cal program filed with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights. The event will take place from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at State Capitol, Room 444 in Sacramento, California. The full agenda is below the break.

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California Capitol Building


Monday, April 11, 2016
4:00pm to 5:30pm
State Capitol, Room 444
Sacramento, California

Please join us for a discussion of the civil rights issues raised by inadequate access to healthcare in Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal has expanded to cover approximately 13 million people, almost two thirds of them Latino. Despite these gains in coverage, a recently-filed federal civil rights complaint documents persistent and significant barriers to primary and specialty care for Medi-Cal beneficiaries, linked to low reimbursement rates in both fee-for-service and managed care. The complaint—filed by civil rights organizations including MALDEF, the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC)—charges that Medi-Cal has become a separate and unequal system of healthcare in California that violates the civil rights of Latinos.

At this briefing, the attorneys will discuss the evidence that led them to file the complaint, their claims under federal civil rights law, and proposed remedies. They will be joined by Janet Coffman, PhD, MA, MPP, Associate Professor at UCSF, who has studied the issues of Medi-Cal access to care and physician participation, as well as by representatives of Planned Parenthood.

Welcome and Introductions

4:00 pm Beningo Delgado, Deputy Director of Government Relations, SEIU-UHW

Catha Worthman, Partner, Feinberg Jackson Worthman Wasow


4:10 pm State Disinvestment and the Title VI Complaint on Behalf of Medi-Cal Enrollees

Miranda Galindo, Staff Attorney, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF)

4:20 pm Evidence for our Complaint and The Civil Rights Enforcement Framework

Catha Worthman, Partner, Feinberg Jackson Worthman Wasow

4:30 pm Managed Care Enforcement and Monitoring Issues

Abbi Coursolle, Staff Attorney, National Health Law Program (NHeLP)

4:40 pm New Patient Acceptance and Physician Participation in Medi-Cal

Janet Coffman, PhD, MA, MPP, Associate Professor, UCSF School of Medicine

4:50 pm Limited Access to Care Under Medi-Cal Managed Care Compared to Family PACT

Christina Romero, Legislative Director, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California

 Questions and Discussion  

5:00 pm What remedies are necessary to ensure equal access for Medi-Cal beneficiaries?

Co-sponsored by The California Latino Legislative Caucus and SEIU-UHW