In 2011 California began transitioning approximately 340,000 seniors and people with disabilities from Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) to Medicaid managed care plans. When beneficiaries did not actively choose a managed care plan, the state assigned them to one using an algorithm based on their previous FFS primary and specialty care use. When no clear link could be established, beneficiaries were assigned by default to a managed care plan based on weighted randomization. In this article we report the results of a telephone survey of 1,521 seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in Medi-Cal (California Medicaid) and who were recently transitioned to a managed care plan. We found that 48 percent chose their own plan, 11 percent were assigned to a plan by algorithm, and 41 percent were assigned to a plan by default. People in the latter two categories reported being similarly less positive about their experiences compared to beneficiaries who actively chose a plan. Many states in addition to California are implementing mandatory transitions of Medicaid-only beneficiaries to managed care plans. Our results highlight the importance of encouraging beneficiaries to actively choose their health plan; when beneficiaries do not choose, states should employ robust intelligent assignment algorithms.