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AB-683 Medi-Cal: eligibility.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 14005.62 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

 (a) Commencing July 1, 2020, for an applicant or beneficiary whose eligibility is not determined using the modified adjusted gross income (MAGI)-based financial methods, as specified in Section 1396a(e)(14) of Title 42 of the United States Code, the department shall disregard the following assets and resources to determine eligibility:
(1) One piece of real property. The applicant or beneficiary need not reside on the real property. Money received from the sale of real property shall be exempt for one year if the money from the sale is intended to be used for the purchase of a home, costs of moving, necessary furnishings, and repair or alteration to the principal residence.
(2) Property used in a business or trade.
(3) Other real property, mortgages, deeds of trust, or other promissory notes valued at up to twenty thousand dollars ($20,000).
(4) Real property that the applicant or beneficiary is attempting to sell, but has been unable to sell at fair market value.
(5) Motor vehicles.
(6) Household items.
(7) Personal effects.
(8) Retirement accounts, including an individual retirement account (IRA) or individual retirement annuity under Section 408(a), 408(b), or 408A of Title 26 of the United States Code, a Keogh fund, a work-related pension plan, a 401(k) or 403(b) plan, or a payroll deduction IRA arrangement offered pursuant to the CalSavers Retirement Savings Program (Title 21 (commencing with Section 100000) of the Government Code), regardless of whether payment is deferred.
(9) Five twenty-nine savings plan pursuant to Section 14005.38 and 529A savings plans.
(10) Burial funds, plots, trusts, or prepaid burial contracts.
(11) Musical instruments.
(12) Recreational items.
(13) Livestock, poultry, crops, or pets.
(14) Life insurance policies.
(15) Resources excluded under a California Partnership for Long-Term Care policy pursuant to Sections 22004, 22005, and 22006.
(16) Reparation or restitution payments, including Japanese reparation payments made by the Canadian or United States government, restitution payments made to Holocaust victims pursuant to Section 11008.20, and federal payments made to Alaska Natives and American Indians.
(17) The value of any item that the applicant or beneficiary is making a good faith effort to sell, but is unable to sell at fair market value.
(18) Resources intended to be used to pay unpaid medical bills at the time of application.
(19) Earned income tax credit or tax refunds for up to 12 months.
(20) Disaster and emergency payments.
(21) Payments made by the California Victim Compensation Board, as specified in Section 13901 of the Government Code.
(22) Savings of a child under 21 years of age.
(23) Any other resource that is exempt by federal law.
(24) (A) Ten thousand dollars ($10,000) in nonexempt property for an individual and five thousand dollars ($5,000) for each additional household member to be indexed annually by the annual change in the California Consumer Price Index.
(B) The limit in subparagraph (A) does not affect the community spouse allowance established pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 14006.
(b) By January 1, 2020, for an applicant or beneficiary who is enrolled in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, as described in Part 425 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the department shall not use an asset and resource test to make a Medi-Cal eligibility determination.
(c) The director shall seek any necessary federal approvals to implement this section. This section shall not be implemented until the necessary federal approval is obtained, and only to the extent federal financial participation is available.
(d) (1) Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, the department may implement this section by means of provider bulletins or notices, policy letters, or other similar instructions, without taking regulatory action. By June 1, 2020, the department shall issue updated and simplified notices and forms, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(A) MC Information Notice 007 (11/18) — Medi-Cal General Property Limitations.
(B) MC 210 PA (05/07) — Property Assessment Statement of Facts.
(C) MC 210 PS (05/07) — Property Supplement.
(D) MC 210 RV (05/11) — Medi-Cal Annual Redetermination Form.
(E) MC 224 B (06/07) — Medi-Cal Potential Overpayment Reporting Work Sheet — Property Total Ineligibility or Ineligibility For A Specific Level of Services.
(2) Prior to issuing provider bulletins or notices, policy letters or other similar instructions and updated forms pursuant to paragraph (1), the department shall consult with interested parties and appropriate stakeholders in implementing this section with respect to all of the following:
(A) Notifying advocates for Medi-Cal beneficiaries of the proposed changes.
(B) Scheduling at least one meeting to discuss the proposed changes.
(C) Allowing for written input regarding the proposed changes.
(D) Ensuring consumer-facing materials are in simple, plain language and translated into threshold languages.
(E) Providing advance notice on the implementation and effective date of the changes.
(3) The department shall adopt regulations by January 1, 2021, in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
SEC. 2.
 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.