State bills about Medi-Cal and Other Health Related Programs
SB 66 - Medi-Cal: federally qualified health center and rural health clinic services.
SB 66 eliminates a harmful barrier to accessing mental health services by allowing community health centers to bill Medi-Cal for mental health services and other medical services on the same day. It is common for a patient to be seen in a primary care clinic for a non-mental health related service and receive a referral for a mental health service, which cannot be made because of the billing requirement.
AB 316 - Medi-Cal: benefits: beneficiaries with special dental care needs
AB 316 is an extremely important bill for people with disabilities. By providing an adjustment to supplement the payment a treating provider receives, the bill will make dental care more accessible.
AB 781 - Medi-Cal: family respite care
AB 781 makes a small but important change to pediatric day healthcare services. People with disabilities cannot keep their care needs in accord with a clock. This bill will allow care at any time of day provided authorized hours are not exceeded, so the bill should have minimal to no cost.
AB 506 - Long-term health facilities
DRC Sponsor and Support
AB 506 establishes consistency and conformity in the law by providing a more accurate, updated “causation” definition in determining if a long-term health care facility is responsible for a resident’s death, and increases the penalty amounts for facility violations, building off recommendations from the 2018 State Audit report.
AB 1695 - Skilled nursing facilities
Lack of transparency in nursing home ownership can negatively impact the care and well-being of residents. Abrupt changes may disrupt established routines relied on by residents.
SB 214 - Medi-Cal: California Community Transitions program
DRC Support and Sponsor
SB 214 assures continuation of the successful California Community Transitions Program (CCT), which has assisted more than 3,500 individuals in moving out of a nursing home and into their own home or other community setting.
SB 512 - Long-term services and supports
DRC Support and Sponsor
California needs a new LTSS financing program that provides flexible benefits responsive to each person’s unique needs. This program would preserve dignity, choice, and intentionality for individuals and families with service and support needs, and be linked to a new, sustainable funding source.
Support for SB 512, the California Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Benefit Legislation and Request for Funding for Actuarial Study relating to LTSS in FY 19-20 state budget
On behalf of Disability Rights California, I am writing in support of SB 512 that would create a new long-term services and supports (LTSS) benefit program for California residents. Additionally, I am writing in support of the allocation of $1 million dollars from the General Fund to fund a feasibility study and actuarial analysis relating to the creation of the LTSS program.
Request for Funding for Actuarial Study relating to Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) in FY 19-20 state budget
On behalf of Disability Rights California, I am writing in support of the allocation of $1 million dollars from the General Fund to fund a feasibility study and actuarial analysis relating to the creation of a new long-term services and supports (LTSS) financing program that could meet the needs of California’s growing population of older adults and people living with disabilities.
AB 50 - Medi-Cal: Assisted Living Waiver program
This bill would require the Department of Health Care Services to submit to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services a request for amendment of the Assisted Living Waiver to increase the number of participants in the program from the currently authorized 5,744 participants, to be phased in, to 18,500.
SB 163 - Health care coverage: pervasive developmental disorder or autism
This bill would revise the definition of “behavioral health treatment” to require the services and treatment programs provided to be based on behavioral, developmental, behavior based, or other evidence based models.
AB 318 - Medi-Cal materials: readability
This bill would require the field testing of all beneficiary materials, and informing materials that are translated into threshold languages and released by the Department of Health Care Services and managed care plans to ensure accuracy, cultural appropriateness, and readability.