Growing Pains as California Adds Social Services to Medicaid

California’s Medicaid program is two years into the nation’s most ambitious effort yet to cover non-traditional health care services like housing and food for some of the state’s sickest and most vulnerable residents. Everyone expected this transformation — known as CalAIM — to take some time to hit its stride. We dig into CalAIM’s early challenges and what’s being done to right the ship.


Pooja Bhalla, DNP, RN, CEO, Illumination Foundation

Jacey Cooper, Medicaid Director, California Department of Health Care Services

Kelly Bruno-Nelson, MSW, Executive Director of Medi-Cal/CalAIM, CalOptima Health

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