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Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which health care services are provided to qualified, low-income persons. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid Program provisions. Under existing law, one of the methods by which Medi-Cal services are provided is pursuant to contracts with various types of managed care plans.
Existing law provides for the county-administered In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program, under which qualified aged, blind, and disabled persons are provided with services to permit them to remain in their own homes and avoid institutionalization. Existing law provides, as part of the Coordinated Care Initiative, that IHSS is a Medi-Cal benefit available through managed care health plans in specified counties. Existing law provides for a 7% reduction in hours of service to each IHSS recipient of services.
Existing law imposes a sales tax on providers of support services for the privilege of selling support services at retail, measured by the gross receipts from the sale of those services in this state at a specified rate of those gross receipts. Existing law specifies that a seller is the State Department of Social Services, a county, or other person or entity, as provided. Existing law also imposes a sales tax on sellers of Medi-Cal managed care plans.
This bill would repeal the support services sales tax and would establish a new managed care organization provider tax, to be administered by the department in consultation with the Department of Managed Health Care. The tax would be assessed by the department on licensed health care service plans and managed care plans contracted with the department to provide Medi-Cal services, except as excluded by the bill. The bill would require the health plans to report to the department specified enrollment information, on a quarterly basis, beginning with the 2016â€“17 state fiscal year. On December 1, 2016, or the date upon which the department receives approval for federal financial participation, whichever is later, the department would commence notification to the health plans of the assessed tax amount and due date for the first taxable quarter. The amount of the tax would be $7.88 per plan enrollee, as defined.
The bill would require the department to request approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as necessary to implement the bill. The bill would authorize the department to implement its provisions by means of provider bulletins, all-plan letters, or similar instructions, and to notify the Legislature of this action.
This bill would establish the Health and Human Services Special Fund in the State Treasury, into which all revenues, less refunds, derived from taxes imposed by the bill would be deposited. Moneys in the fund would be used for designated health care purposes, subject to appropriation in the annual Budget Act. The remaining moneys in the fund would be available to the department for the purpose of funding the nonfederal share of Medi-Cal managed care rates, as prescribed, upon appropriation in the annual Budget Act.
This bill would also make conforming and technical changes.
This bill would include a change in state statute that would result in a taxpayer paying a higher tax within the meaning of Section 3 of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution, and thus would require for passage the approval of 23 of the membership of each house of the Legislature.