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AB-341 CalHEERS: application for CalFresh.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 15927 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

15927.
 (a) The Office of Systems Integration shall ensure that the California Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment, and Retention System (CalHEERS), developed pursuant to Section 15926, transfers an individual’s application for health care benefits that is processed by CalHEERS to the county of residence of the individual if that individual is determined by CalHEERS to be potentially eligible for CalFresh benefits under Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 18900) of Part 6 and the individual opts into applying for CalFresh benefits pursuant to subdivision (b).
(b) The CalHEERS system shall include both of the following:
(1) Means for an applicant to opt into applying for CalFresh benefits while applying for health care benefits.
(2) An option for an applicant to provide an electronic signature, using the click of a button, in order to facilitate the use of a CalHEERS application as a CalFresh application.
(c) The Office of Systems Integration shall collaborate with the State Department of Social Services to ensure that the application transferred via CalHEERS to a county for purposes of treatment as a CalFresh application meets all state and federal requirements necessary to qualify as a CalFresh application.

SEC. 2.

 Section 18901.56 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

18901.56.
 (a) Upon receipt of the application transferred by the California Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment, and Retention System (CalHEERS) pursuant to Section 15927, the county shall treat the application as an application for CalFresh benefits, and shall process the application in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
(b) The department shall issue guidance to county human services agencies regarding the process by which a county human services agency shall consider a CalHEERS application as a CalFresh application.
SEC. 3.
  If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.