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Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid Program provisions.
This bill would, commencing January 1, 2014, implement various provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) , as amended, by, among other things, modifying provisions relating to determining eligibility for certain groups. The bill would, in this regard, extend Medi-Cal eligibility to specified former foster children. The bill would also add, commencing January 1, 2014, mental health services and substance use disorder services included in the essential health benefits package, as adopted by the state and approved by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, to the schedule of Medi-Cal benefits, as specified. The bill would require the department to seek approval from the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide, effective January 1, 2014, specified individuals with an alternative benefit package, which would provide the same schedule of benefits provided to full-scope Medi-Cal beneficiaries qualifying under the modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) income standard, except as specified. The bill would provide that the implementation of the optional expansion of Medi-Cal benefits to adults who meet specified eligibility requirements shall be contingent on the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) payable to the state under the Affordable Care Act not being reduced to specified percentages, as specified.
Because counties are required to make Medi-Cal eligibility determinations and this bill would expand Medi-Cal eligibility, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
This bill would require that a person who wishes to apply for an insurance affordability program, as defined, be allowed to file an application on his or her own behalf or on behalf of his or her family and would authorize a person to be accompanied, assisted, and represented in the application and renewal process by an individual or organization of his or her choice. This bill would also require the department, to the extent required by federal law, to provide assistance to any applicant or beneficiary who requests help with the application or redetermination. The bill would require the department to file a state plan amendment to exercise a federal option to allow beneficiaries to use projected annual household income and to allow applicants and beneficiaries to use reasonably predictable annual income, as specified.
This bill would require the department to seek any federal waivers necessary to use eligibility information of certain individuals who have been determined eligible for the CalFresh program to determine their eligibility for Medi-Cal and to automatically enroll parents who apply for Medi-Cal who have one or more children who are eligible based on determined income level at or below a specified standard. The bill would authorize the department to seek any federal waivers or state plan amendments necessary to use the eligibility information of individuals determined eligible for other state-only funded health care programs and county general assistance programs to determine an applicant's Medi-Cal eligibility to the extent that there is no General Fund impact.
This bill would require the department to provide Medi-Cal benefits during the presumptive eligibility period to individuals who have been determined eligible on the basis of preliminary information by a qualified hospital, as specified.
Existing law requires the department to adopt regulations for use by the county in determining whether an applicant is a resident of the state and of the county, subject to the requirements of federal law. Existing law requires that the regulations require that state residency be established only if certain requirements are met, including the requirement that the applicant makes specified declarations under penalty of perjury.
This bill would revise those provisions to, among other things, further prescribe the circumstances under which state residency may be established and to require the department to electronically verify an individual's state residency using certain sources and would set forth how an individual may establish state residency if the department is unable to electronically verify his or her state residency. The bill would, for purposes of establishing state residency, authorize an individual to make various declarations under penalty of perjury, and would authorize other individuals, such as parents or legal guardians, to make various declarations under penalty of perjury regarding the individual's state residency if the individual is incapable of indicating intent. By expanding the crime of perjury, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
This bill would provide that any individual who is 21 years of age or older, does not have minor children eligible for Medi-Cal benefits, would be eligible for Medi-Cal benefits but for a specified five-year eligibility limitation, and who is enrolled in and covered through the California Health Benefit Exchange with an advanced premium tax credit shall be eligible for specified Medi-Cal benefits and insurance premium costs and cost-sharing charges paid by the department, as specified.
Under existing law, one of the ways by which Medi-Cal services are provided is pursuant to contracts with various types of managed care plans.
This bill would require Medi-Cal managed care plans to provide mental health benefits covered by the state plan, as prescribed.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that with regard to certain mandates no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs so mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
This bill would become operative only if AB 1 of the First Extraordinary Session is enacted and takes effect.